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(Animals) US and Canadian another name for the firefly
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.
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|Noun||1.||lightning bug - 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