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