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glowworm


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Glowworm  \Glow"worm`\,  n.  (Zo["o]l.) 
  A  coleopterous  insect  of  the  genus  {Lampyris};  esp.,  the 
  wingless  females  and  larv[ae]  of  the  two  European  species 
  ({L.  noctiluca},  and  {L.  splendidula}),  which  emit  light  from 
  some  of  the  abdominal  segments. 
 
  Like  a  glowworm  in  the  night,  The  which  hath  fire  in 
  darkness,  none  in  light.  --Shak. 
 
  Note:  The  male  is  winged,  and  is  supposed  to  be  attracted  by 
  the  light  of  the  female.  In  America,  the  luminous 
  larv[ae]  of  several  species  of  fireflies  and  fire 
  beetles  are  called  glowworms.  Both  sexes  of  these  are 
  winged  when  mature.  See  {Firefly}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  glowworm 
  n  :  the  luminous  larva  or  wingless  grub-like  female  of  a  firefly 




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