Share this entry

Share this page

firefly

Line breaks: fire|fly
Pronunciation: /ˈfʌɪəflʌɪ
 
/

Definition of firefly in English:

noun (plural fireflies)

A soft-bodied beetle related to the glow-worm, the winged male and flightless female of which both have luminescent organs. The light is chiefly produced in flashes and typically functions as a signal between the sexes.
Example sentences
  • Later lab experiments showed that by flashing an artificial light at a firefly you could speed up its rhythm, you could slow it down, make it flash a little later than it would otherwise.
  • We were guided as we went by millions of fireflies whose flashing marked the banks like landing lights on an airstrip.
  • The firefly's light is only visible for an instant.

Words that rhyme with firefly

flocculiranunculi

Definition of firefly in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day resilient
Pronunciation: rɪˈzɪlɪənt
adjective
able to recoil or spring back into shape…