foxfire

or fox-fire

[ foks-fahyuhr ]
/ 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.

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Origin of foxfire

late Middle English word dating back to 1425–75; see origin at fox, fire
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British Dictionary definitions for foxfire

foxfire
/ (ˈfɒksˌfaɪə) /

noun

a luminescent glow emitted by certain fungi on rotting woodSee also bioluminescence
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