glowworm

[gloh-wurm]
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noun

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.

Origin of glowworm

1300–50; Middle English. See glow, worm
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glow-worm

noun

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
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Word Origin and History for glow-worm
n.

early 14c., from glow (v.) + worm (n.).

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