Definition of glow-worm in English:



  • 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)

    • ‘Although there are no fireflies in Britain, maybe I should also spend the summer searching for a glow-worm over here - people are already organising walks for 2003 to hunt for them.’
    • ‘While some locals have ascribed the lights to UFOs, others blamed swarms of fireflies or even glow-worms.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At first, I thought it must have been some sort of mutant glow-worm!’