Definition of glowworm in English:

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glowworm

Pronunciation: /ˈɡlōwərm/

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 and Phengodidae: several genera numerous species including the American Zarhipis integripennis.
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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Syllabification: glow·worm

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