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English Dictionary: glowworm by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. the luminous larva or wingless grub-like female of a firefly
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Glowworm \Glow"worm`\, n. (Zo[94]l.)
      A coleopterous insect of the genus {Lampyris}; esp., the
      wingless females and larv[91] of the two European species
      ({L. noctiluca}, and {L. splendidula}), which emit light from
      some of the abdominal segments.
               Like a glowworm in the night, The which hath fire in
               darkness, none in light.                        --Shak.
      Note: The male is winged, and is supposed to be attracted by
               the light of the female. In America, the luminous
               larv[91] of several species of fireflies and fire
               beetles are called glowworms. Both sexes of these are
               winged when mature. See {Firefly}.
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