luciferin

[ loo-sif-er-in ]
/ luˈsɪf ər ɪn /

noun Biochemistry.

a pigment occurring in luminescent organisms, as fireflies, that emits light when undergoing oxidation.

QUIZZES

LEARN THE SPANISH WORDS FOR THESE COMMON ANIMALS!

Are you learning Spanish? Or do you just have an interest in foreign languages? Either way, this quiz on Spanish words for animals is for you.
Question 1 of 13
How do you say “cat” 🐈 in Spanish?

Origin of luciferin

1885–90; <Latin lūcifer (see Lucifer) + -in2
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

Example sentences from the Web for luciferin

British Dictionary definitions for luciferin

luciferin
/ (luːˈsɪfərɪn) /

noun

biochem a substance occurring in bioluminescent organisms, such as glow-worms and fireflies. It undergoes an enzyme-catalysed oxidation and emits light on decaying to its ground state

Word Origin for luciferin

C20: from Latin lucifer (literally: light-bearer) + -in
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012