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Princeton's WordNet

  1. firefly, fire beetle, Pyrophorus noctilucanoun

    tropical American click beetle having bright luminous spots

  2. firefly, lightning bugnoun

    nocturnal beetle common in warm regions having luminescent abdominal organs


  1. fireflynoun

    A nocturnal, bioluminescent beetle of the family Lampyridae.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fireflynoun

    any luminous winged insect, esp. luminous beetles of the family Lampyridae


  1. Firefly

    Lampyridae is a family of insects in the beetle order Coleoptera. They are winged beetles, and commonly called fireflies or lightning bugs for their conspicuous crepuscular use of bioluminescence to attract mates or prey. Fireflies produce a "cold light", with no infrared or ultraviolet frequencies. This chemically produced light from the lower abdomen may be yellow, green, or pale-red, with wavelengths from 510 to 670 nanometers. About 2,000 species of firefly are found in temperate and tropical environments. Many are in marshes or in wet, wooded areas where their larvae have abundant sources of food. These larvae emit light and often are called "glowworms", in particular, in Eurasia. In the Americas, "glow worm" also refers to the related Phengodidae. In many species, both male and female fireflies have the ability to fly, but in some species, females are flightless.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of firefly in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of firefly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of firefly in a Sentence

  1. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    Talent is a firefly; even in a remote dark forest, sooner or later it is caught to an eye.

  2. Fred Allen:

    You can take all the sincerity in Hollywood, place it in the navel of a firefly and still have room enough for three caraway seeds and a producer's heart.

  3. Crowfoot:

    What is life It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the winter time.

  4. Ehsan Sehgal:

    I am too small, but I live as a firefly. The darkness is shy of me; I understand and feel that I am a human.

  5. Jane Seymour:

    People say, ‘You’re like a phoenix.’ No, I just had a strong role model in my mother, everyone will have challenges. Your natural instinct is to close up your heart and let it eat you up. Do something to help someone else. It will heal you. You’ll be like a magnet when you do that. Light to firefly.

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    very close or connected in space or time
    • A. aculeate
    • B. foreordained
    • C. ectomorphic
    • D. contiguous

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