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A bioluminescent larva or a wingless wormlike female of certain insects, especially fireflies and beetles of the family Phengodidae.



the larva or wingless female of a beetle, Lampyris noctiluca, which emits a sustained greenish light. Compare firefly.
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Noun1.glowworm - the luminous larva or wingless grub-like female of a fireflyglowworm - the luminous larva or wingless grub-like female of a firefly
lightning bug, firefly - nocturnal beetle common in warm regions having luminescent abdominal organs
References in classic literature ?
As well might the humble glowworm despise that power of giving light without which the roving fly might pass her and repass her a thousand times, and never rest beside her: she might hear her winged darling buzzing over and around her; he vainly seeking her, she longing to be found, but with no power to make her presence known, no voice to call him, no wings to follow his flight;--the fly must seek another mate, the worm must live and die alone.
All the fireflies, which I caught here, belonged to the Lampyridae (in which family the English glowworm is included), and the greater number of specimens were of Lampyris occidentalis.
A little because of the sharp pain in his legs, a little because of fright at finding himself alone in the darkness of the field, the Marionette was about to faint, when he saw a tiny Glowworm flickering by.
replied the Glowworm, stopping to look at him with pity.
It wavered in patches, it seemed to stir and creep like the light of a glowworm.
That is fantastic news as this will save many lives, and help some of the worst off in society, but could they go one further and force Erimus housing to upgrade their old glowworm boilers to something a bit more efficient?
Allan is accused of diverting the sums from BMS into her own company, Glowworm Books, between 1999 and 2005.
Fed up with everything because of the actions of his two vile-tongued and ill-mannered aunts, James with the help of Grasshopper (Callow), Ladybug (Leeves), Centipede (Dreyfuss), Miss Spider (Sarandon), Earthworm (Thewlis) and The Glowworm (Margolyes again), who all are now living inside the colossal fruit, concocts a plan to escape to New York.
Although Handke playfully resists the transformative nature of imagery, his prose finds images of passing hats, a snowfall, a shoeshine man, an ash tree, or a glowworm becoming elements of the narrator's moment-by-moment existence and, as such, transforming the narrator's understanding of his being and times.
Massive structures of dark stone are lit by four vigil lights that give off fewer lumens than an elderly glowworm with a busted rheostat.
There's Centipede, Glowworm, Ladybug, Earthworm, Grass- hopper and Miss Spider (voiced by Richard Dreyfuss, Jane Leeves, David Thewlis, Simon Callow and Susan Sarandon).