The obscure word of the week is pyrophoric

look_it_up_T httpwww.clipartpal.comclipart_pdeducationdictionary_10586.htmlThere are over a million individual words in English. Most of them are quite obscure and deserve better attention than they get. This week’s is pyrophoric.

This describes a substance likely to ignite on exposure to air; or something that emits sparks when struck. Nineteenth century origin, from Latin.

Your challenge? Write a sentence (or two) in the comments using this word. Go on. You know you want to…

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3 thoughts on “The obscure word of the week is pyrophoric

  1. Because this reminded me of a pyrotech in training.
    “Why don’t you ever use that in your fireworks?”
    “Are you crazy,” Troy shot back, “It’s pyrophoric. The only way to add it would be in a vacuum, and I’m a college student. I don’t have access to that kind of tech.”

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