Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Not combustible; capable of tolerating great heat without alteration of form or properties.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Incombustible; capable of sustaining a strong heat without alteration of form or properties.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Incombustible, or capable of sustaining a strong heat without alteration of form or properties, as asbestos, mica, and talc.

Etymologies

From Ancient Greek ἄπυρος (without fire, unsmelted) (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • - (of classical temple) having columns at front or back only; (of church) lacking aisles: apterous. apterygial adj. - wingless; finless. apyretic adj. - without fever. apyrexy, n. apyrous adj. - non-inflammable.

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  • JM reckons few words can hold a candle to apyrous and have any effect.

    February 14, 2010