firefly

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fire·fly

 (fīr′flī′)
n.
Any of various nocturnal beetles of the family Lampyridae, characteristically having bioluminescent organs in the tip of the abdomen that produce a flashing light. Also called lightning bug.

firefly

(ˈfaɪəˌflaɪ)
n, pl -flies
1. (Animals) any nocturnal beetle of the family Lampyridae, common in warm and tropical regions, having luminescent abdominal organs. See also glow-worm
2. (Animals) any tropical American click beetle of the genus Pyrophorus, esp P. noctiluca, that have luminescent thoracic organs

fire•fly

(ˈfaɪərˌflaɪ)

n., pl. -flies.
any nocturnal beetle of the family Lampyridae having a light-producing organ at the rear of the abdomen. Also called lightning bug. Compare glowworm.
[1650–60]

fire·fly

(fīr′flī′)
Any of various beetles that are active at night and produce a flashing light in the abdomen. The flash is produced by a chemical reaction and enables males and females to find each other for mating.

firefly

lightning bug
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.firefly - tropical American click beetle having bright luminous spotsfirefly - tropical American click beetle having bright luminous spots
elater, elaterid, elaterid beetle - any of various widely distributed beetles
genus Pyrophorus, Pyrophorus - tropical click beetles
2.firefly - nocturnal beetle common in warm regions having luminescent abdominal organsfirefly - nocturnal beetle common in warm regions having luminescent abdominal organs
beetle - insect having biting mouthparts and front wings modified to form horny covers overlying the membranous rear wings
glowworm - the luminous larva or wingless grub-like female of a firefly
Translations
kiiltomatotulikärpänen
eldfluga
cicindela
ildflue
eldfluga

firefly

[ˈfaɪəflaɪ] Nluciérnaga f

firefly

fire fly [ˈfaɪərflaɪ] nluciole f

firefly

[ˈfaɪəˌflaɪ] n (-flies (pl)) → lucciola