glowworm

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A glowworm (Lampyris noctiluca)

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From glow +‎ worm.

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glowworm (plural glowworms)

  1. The larva or wingless grub-like female of a beetle from the families Phengodidae or Lampyridae that gives out a green light from its abdomen.
    • 1623, William Shakespeare, The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, Act1, Scene 5, 1794, Edmond Malone, Samuel Johnson, George Steevens, Alexander Pope (editors), The Plays and Poems of William Shakespeare, Volume 14, page 222,
      The glow-worm ſhews the Matin to be near, / And 'gins to pale his uneffectual fire: / Adieu, adieu, adieu! remember me.

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