Pyrophorus


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pyrophorus

(paɪˈrɒfərəs)
n
1. (Chemistry) chem obsolete a substance which ignites when exposed to air
2. (Animals) a genus of luminescent fireflies of the family Elateridae, found mainly in Neotropical America; a firefly of this genus
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Noun1.pyrophorus - tropical click beetlesPyrophorus - tropical click beetles    
arthropod genus - a genus of arthropods
Elateridae, family Elateridae - click beetles and certain fireflies
fire beetle, firefly, Pyrophorus noctiluca - tropical American click beetle having bright luminous spots
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References in classic literature ?
When we were at Bahia, an elater or beetle (Pyrophorus luminosus, Illig.) seemed the most common luminous insect.
Pyrophorus sanguinicollis Candeze 1878: clxix, 1891: 159; Schwarz 1906: 213; Schenkling 1927: 354; Blackwelder 1944: 286