- any nocturnal beetle of the family Lampyridae, characterized by a soft body with a light-producing organ at the rear of the abdomen.
Origin of firefly
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From Firefly to Pushing Daisies to Freaks and Geeks, the intensity of fan support has attempted to save or revive genre shows.A Fan Night Out: The Return of Veronica Mars
March 14, 2014
Joss Whedon, the creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly, shares these mixed feelings.The ‘Veronica Mars’ Kickstarter Smash: 5 Burning Questions
March 15, 2013
I would jump at an opportunity to do any kind of Firefly thing again.
So, was it a coincidence you were Captain Hammer on Dr. Horrible and nicknamed Captain Tightpants on Firefly?
Unfortunately, that devotion doesn't always translate into programs that stay on the air—just ask Firefly fans about that.Will TV Slay Joss Whedon?
January 28, 2009
The Sarah led the way, the Firefly following close in our wake.Tom, Dick and Harry
Talbot Baines Reed
And how brilliant is the horizon of the firefly when he winks his "other eye!"Gov. Bob. Taylor's Tales
Robert L. Taylor
As the hull passed the window, Mont read her name, which was the Firefly of Savannah.The Wizard of the Sea</p>
I said to my wife: 'Firefly is too good a breed to carry out groceries.
On the whole, she decided she would not relate the story of Firefly.
- any nocturnal beetle of the family Lampyridae, common in warm and tropical regions, having luminescent abdominal organsSee also glow-worm
- any tropical American click beetle of the genus Pyrophorus, esp P. noctiluca, that have luminescent thoracic organs
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Word Origin and History for firefly
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