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impossible to ignite
WordNet® 3.0, © 2006 by Princeton University.
1. lacking fire; without a fire.
Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1)
Originally posted by dr_strangecraft
I bring all this up merely to point out that "not of fire" is already the unmarked class in English. In other words, in the experience of English speakers, the vast majority of the environment is . . . not on fire, and so it doesn't need a special phoneme to denote this.
Bram Stoker considered the term "The Un-Dead" for the original title for his novel Dracula (1897), and its use in the novel is mostly responsible for the modern sense of the word. The word does appear in English before Stoker but with the more literal sense of "alive" or "not dead," for which citations can be found in the Oxford English Dictionary.
Not dead; alive. Also, not quite dead but not fully alive, dead-and-alive. In vampirism, clinically dead but not yet at rest. Also absol. as n.
a1400-50 Alexander 158 And many was [th]e bald berne at banned [th]ar quile, [Th]at euer he dured [th]at day vndede opon erthe.
c1475 Rauf Coil[ygh]ear 855 Ane of vs sall neuer hine Vndeid in this place.
1548 UDALL, etc. Erasm. Par. John vi. 41b, Where as all men did eat therof, they neuertheles dyed, nether did any one of so great a number remain vndead.
1592 WARNER Alb. Eng. VII. xxxiv. 149 The same..That thought he liued not because his Neeces weare vndead.
1897 B. STOKER Dracula xxvii. 381 There remain one more victim in the Vampire fold; one more to swell the grim and grisly ranks of the Un-dead. Ibid. 382 This then was the Un-Dead home of the King-Vampire.
unburnt, unburned, ppl. a.
SECOND EDITION 1989
1. Not burnt or consumed by fire.
2. Not subjected to the action of fire for a specific purpose. Esp. of bricks, clay, lime, etc.
1626 BACON Sylva §898 We see also, that burnt wine is more hard and astringent, than wine unburnt.