[ gloh-wurm ]
/ ˈgloʊˌwɜrm /
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the wingless female or larva of the European beetle, Lampyris noctiluca, which emits a sustained greenish light.
any of various other beetle larvae or wingless females that emit a glow rather than a flash of light.
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How to use glowworm in a sentence
And the bird offers to console her, and the glow-worm offers his light to guide her to her lover.Frdric Mistral|Charles Alfred Downer
As he came near that smothered glow-worm of a street-lamp it assumed for him the betraying glare of a huge spot-light.Children of the Whirlwind|Leroy Scott
Farewell; the glow-worm shows the morning to be near, and begins to pale his ineffectual fire: Adieu!The Mysteries of All Nations|James Grant
Of the insects thus singularly provided, the common Glow-worm (Lampyris noctiluca) is the most familiar instance.The Book of Curiosities|I. Platts
So saying, the young Cricket seized the little Glow-worm round the waist and tickled her.The Butterfly's Ball|R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for glowworm
a European beetle, Lampyris noctiluca, the females and larvae of which bear luminescent organs producing a greenish light: family Lampyridae
any of various other beetles or larvae of the family Lampyridae
See also firefly (def. 1)
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