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A phosphorescent glow produced by certain bioluminescent fungi that grow on rotting wood.


(Plants) a luminescent glow emitted by certain fungi on rotting wood. See also bioluminescence


or fox′-fire`,

1. organic luminescence.
2. any of various fungi causing luminescence in decaying wood.
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IT would be most an hour yet till breakfast, so we left and struck down into the woods; because Tom said we got to have SOME light to see how to dig by, and a lantern makes too much, and might get us into trouble; what we must have was a lot of them rotten chunks that's called fox-fire, and just makes a soft kind of a glow when you lay them in a dark place.
Along during the morning I borrowed a sheet and a white shirt off of the clothes-line; and I found an old sack and put them in it, and we went down and got the fox-fire, and put that in too.
Incidentally, it was the use of fox-fire that prevented Bushnell from deploying the Turtle during wintertime against its original target--the British fleet blockading Boston Harbor.
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