L noctiluca
Glowworm Glow"worm`, n. (Zo["o]l.) A coleopterous insect of the genus {Lampyris}; esp., the wingless females and larv[ae] of the two European species ({L. noctiluca}, and {L. splendidula}), which emit light from some of the abdominal segments. [1913 Webster]

Like a glowworm in the night, The which hath fire in darkness, none in light. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Note: The male is winged, and is supposed to be attracted by the light of the female. In America, the luminous larv[ae] of several species of fireflies and fire beetles are called glowworms. Both sexes of these are winged when mature. See {Firefly}. [1913 Webster]


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  • Noctiluca — Noc ti*lu ca, n.; pl. {Noctiluc[AE]}. [L. noctiluca something that shines by night, fr. nox, noctis, night + lucere to shine, lux light.] 1. (Old Chem.) That which shines at night; a fanciful name for phosphorus. [1913 Webster] 2. (Zo[ o]l.) A… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • noctiluca — noctilucan, adj. /nok teuh looh keuh/, n., pl. noctilucae / see/. a dinoflagellate of the genus Noctiluca, capable of producing light and, in groups, of causing a luminous appearance of the sea. [1670 80; < NL; L noctiluca shiner by night, equiv …   Universalium

  • L splendidula — Glowworm Glow worm , n. (Zo[ o]l.) A coleopterous insect of the genus {Lampyris}; esp., the wingless females and larv[ae] of the two European species ({L. noctiluca}, and {L. splendidula}), which emit light from some of the abdominal segments.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • noctiluca — [näk΄tə lo͞o′kə] n. [ModL < L, something that shines at night < nox (gen. noctis), NIGHT + lucere, to shine < lux, LIGHT1] any of a genus (Noctiluca) of large, spherical, reddish, luminescent dinoflagellates that often occur in vast… …   English World dictionary

  • NOCTILUCA — Lunae cognomen, quod noctu luccat. Horat. Carm. l. 4. Od. 6. v. 38. Rite crescentem face Noctilucam. Ubi fortasse expressit epithet on Νυκτιλαμπῆ, quod ante eum usurpârat Simonides, ut intelligere licet ex quibusdam eius versibus, qui reperiuntur …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

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  • noctiluca — [ˌnɒktɪ lu:kə] noun (plural noctilucae ki:) a roughly spherical phosphorescent marine dinoflagellate. [Genus Noctiluca.] Origin mod. L., from L., lit. night light, lantern …   English new terms dictionary

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