Definition of glow-worm in English:

glow-worm

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noun

A soft-bodied beetle with luminescent organs in the abdomen, especially the larvalike wingless female which emits light to attract the flying male.
  • Families Lampyridae (in particular the European Lampyris noctiluca) and Phengodidae (in particular the American Zarhipis integripennis)
More example sentences
  • While some locals have ascribed the lights to UFOs, others blamed swarms of fireflies or even glow-worms.
  • That night, after dark, we descended to a cutaway in a hillside where we could view the tiny lights of glow-worms, a first for all of us.
  • The best way to explore them and see the unique blue light of the glow-worms clinging to them is on a black-water rafting trip.

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