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or fox-fire

[foks-fahyuh r] /ˈfɒksˌfaɪər/
noun, Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S.
organic luminescence, especially from certain fungi on decaying wood.
any of various fungi causing luminescence in decaying wood.
Origin of foxfire
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1425-75; See origin at fox, fire Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • These should have been far more terrifying than any foxfire.

    Old Plymouth Trails Winthrop Packard
  • The Angel knelt beside his flower bed and recklessly tore up by the roots a big bunch of foxfire.

    Freckles Gene Stratton-Porter
  • Suspicion glinted like foxfire in the cold green eyes beneath her puckered brows.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • That that grows out of the foxfire in the swamp has its roots too far back in the inheritance of the race to be discounted.

    Old Plymouth Trails Winthrop Packard
British Dictionary definitions for foxfire


a luminescent glow emitted by certain fungi on rotting wood See also bioluminescence
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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