supposed enzyme found in fireflies and other glowing creatures, 1888, from French luciférase; see Lucifer. Related: Luciferin.
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Historical Examples of luciferase
Luciferase is destroyed only by pepsin (probably), trypsin, erepsin, and something in spleen and liver extract.The Nature of Animal Light
E. Newton Harvey
Luciferase: a substance in the nature of an enzyme, existing in the luminous organs of light-giving beetles.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology
John. B. Smith