glowworm
noun Etymology: Middle English Date: 14th century any of various luminous insect larvae or adults with wings rudimentary or lacking; especially a larva or wingless female of a firefly (family Lampyridae) that emits light from the abdomen

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  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • glowworm — [glō′wʉrm΄] n. any of a number of beetles or beetle larvae that give off a luminescent light; esp., the wingless female or the larva of the firefly …   English World dictionary

  • Glowworm — otherusesGlowworm (or glow worm) is the common name for various different groups of insect larva and adult larviform females which glow through bioluminescence. They may sometimes resemble worms, but all are insects ( Arachnocampa being a fly and …   Wikipedia

  • glowworm — /gloh werrm /, n. 1. the wingless female or larva of the European beetle, Lampyris noctiluca, which emits a sustained greenish light. 2. any of various other beetle larvae or wingless females that emit a glow rather than a flash of light. [1300… …   Universalium

  • glowworm — noun The larva or wingless grub like female of a beetle from the families Phengodidae or Lampyridae that gives out a green light from its abdomen. The Glow worm shews the Matin to be near, And gins to pale his uneffectual fire. [ …   Wiktionary

  • glowworm — Synonyms and related words: blink, blinking, candle fly, coruscation, fire beetle, firefly, fireworm, glimmer, glimmering, glisten, glister, glitter, glittering, lampyrid, lantern fly, lightning bug, luciferase, luciferin, luminophor, phosphor,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • glowworm — glow|worm [ glou,wɜrm ] noun count a small insect without wings that produces light from its body at night …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • glowworm — n. wingless female beetle which emits a greenish light from its abdomen …   English contemporary dictionary

  • glowworm — glow•worm [[t]ˈgloʊˌwɜrm[/t]] n. ent the larva or wingless female of a beetle, Lampyris noctiluca, which emits a sustained greenish light Compare firefly • Etymology: 1300–50 …   From formal English to slang

  • glowworm — noun the luminous larva or wingless grub like female of a firefly • Hypernyms: ↑firefly, ↑lightning bug …   Useful english dictionary

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