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What does "bon" mean in bonfire?


What is the significance of the word bon in bonfire? How is it different to a normal fire?
Dave, Orpington


** Definitive **
Name: Caroline, Aldershot
Qualification: My father told me and he’s a very erudite man.
Answer: The term bonfire comes from the fact that animal bones used to be light the fire. It was originally a bone-fire.