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glow·worm

 (glō′wûrm′)
n.
A bioluminescent larva or a wingless wormlike female of certain insects, especially fireflies and beetles of the family Phengodidae.
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glow•worm

(ˈgloʊˌwɜrm)

n.
the larva or wingless female of a beetle, Lampyris noctiluca, which emits a sustained greenish light. Compare firefly.
[1300–50]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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.
"Poor little fellow!" replied the Glowworm, stopping to look at him with pity.
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. I saw it first, and told Mahon.
It is remarkable that in all the different kinds of glowworms, shining elaters, and various marine animals (such as the crustacea, medusae, nereidae, a coralline of the genus Clytia, and Pyrosma), which I have observed, the light has been of a well-marked green colour.
It also features an inset sink drainer and mixer tap, tiled splash backs, a tiled floor, an extractor canopy, an integrated washing machine, a Glowworm CH boiler, a ceiling light point and cabinet down lighters.
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.sub.s] sensing range The GSO is mainly composed of four parts, including initialization, fluorescein update, flying position update and firefly decision domain update (Yuan jijun., 2012).
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.
KELLY Patrick ( Pat) (CB handle: 'glowworm') (Formerly worked at The Jag car factory) Passed away suddenly at home on April 16th 2015 aged 70 years.
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.