Meaning of fire hunting in English:

fire hunting

Pronunciation /ˈfʌɪə ˌhʌntɪŋ/


  • 1 historical (originally colonial). A type of hunting in which vegetation is set alight in order to drive out the game.

    This method of hunting is particularly associated with North American Indians.

  • 2Hunting by night in which the light from burning wood, often held in a frying pan, is used to illuminate the eyes of the game; (also occasionally) a hunt conducted in this way. In later use: hunting by night using any source of light to illuminate the eyes of the game. Now historical except in US, regional(chiefly Midland) usage.


Early 18th century; earliest use found in Robert Beverley (c1673–c1722). From fire + hunting.