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



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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A little because of the sharp pain in his legs, a little because of fright at finding himself alone in the darkness of the field, the Marionette was about to faint, when he saw a tiny Glowworm flickering by.
replied the Glowworm, stopping to look at him with pity.
All the fireflies, which I caught here, belonged to the Lampyridae (in which family the English glowworm is included), and the greater number of specimens were of Lampyris occidentalis.
As well might the humble glowworm despise that power of giving light without which the roving fly might pass her and repass her a thousand times, and never rest beside her: she might hear her winged darling buzzing over and around her; he vainly seeking her, she longing to be found, but with no power to make her presence known, no voice to call him, no wings to follow his flight;--the fly must seek another mate, the worm must live and die alone.
It wavered in patches, it seemed to stir and creep like the light of a glowworm.
Close to Roturua are the Waitomo Caves, another destination that requires visual adjustment to darkness to be able to behold the star of the place: the arachnocampa luminosa, a glowworm species endemic to New Zealand that, in their millions, hanging on the cave's ceiling and crevices, create a breathtaking universe of light amid spectral darkness, as visitors on boats glide silently on the river below.
Table 1--Parameters Define for GSO Parameter Description i glowworm (i) (xi(k),yi(k),zi(k)) current position f(xi(k),yi(k),zi(k)) objective function value [lambda] fluorescein value w fluorescein update rate [gamma] intensity absorption coefficient [r.
The glowworm swarm optimization (GSO) [16] proposed by Krishnanand and Ghose is a new type of swarm intelligence optimization algorithm; it has a higher efficiency than the traditional swarm intelligence algorithms in solving multimodal problems [17].
But for a species of glowworm in Finland, the females that glow the brightest are not only the most fertile, but they may also be the most pursued by mates, researchers report in the October Biology Letters.
International contributors in information technology, electronics engineering, theoretical physics, and computer science present metaheuristic optimization (MO) methods inspired by various phenomena in nature and man-made activities, such as fuzzy logic, artificial neural networks, particle swarm optimization, glowworm swarm optimization, bee algorithms, and ant colony algorithms.
The Irish group - twin sisters Edele and Keavy Lynch, Sinead O'Carroll and Lindsay Armaou - were signed to Glowworm Records, an Epic label, in 1997.
There is a glowworm which shines from your left eyes when you (she)