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A small wingless insect (Thermobia domestica) closely related to the silverfishes and inhabiting warm areas of buildings, as around furnaces or boilers.


(Animals) a small primitive wingless insect, Thermobia domestica, that occurs in warm buildings, feeding on starchy food scraps, fabric, etc: order Thysanura (bristletails)



a bristletail, Thermobia domestica, that lives in areas around furnaces, boilers, steampipes, etc.
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Noun1.firebrat - lives in warm moist areas e.g. around furnaces
bristletail - small wingless insect with a long bristlelike tail
genus Thermobia, Thermobia - a genus of Lepismatidae
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Its close relative, the firebrat, frequents warmer places such as bakeries, but our old solid fuel cooking stoves have mostly been replaced now.
David McConnell is the author of the recently published novel, The Firebrat (AttaGirl Press).
DAVID McConnell's luminous first novel, The Firebrat, is a hall of mirrors, a self-reflecting work of art that opens vistas into infinity.