bioluminescence

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bioluminescence

[bahy-oh-loo-muh-nes-uhns]
noun
the production of light by living organisms.

Origin:
1915–20; bio- + luminescence

bioluminescent, adjective
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bioluminescence (ˌbaɪəʊˌluːmɪˈnɛsəns)
 
n
the production of light by living organisms as a result of the oxidation of a light-producing substance (luciferin) by the enzyme luciferase: occurs in many marine organisms, insects such as the firefly, etc
 
biolumi'nescent
 
adj

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bioluminescence
from bio- + luminescence. Bioluminescent (adj.) is from 1929.
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bioluminescence   (bī'ō-l'mə-něs'əns)  Pronunciation Key 
The emission of light by living organisms, such as fireflies, glowworms, and certain fish, jellyfish, plankton, fungi, and bacteria. It occurs when a pigment (usually luciferin) is oxidized without giving off heat. Although it is believed that bioluminescence is involved in animal communication, its function in many organisms has yet to be understood. Bioluminescence is a form of chemiluminescence. Compare chemiluminescence.
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Example sentences
They can compost an elephant, fertilize an oak forest or light up the oceans in
  the eerie teal glow of bioluminescence.
Snorkelers can delight in bioluminescence at night for a mystical experience.
Bioluminescence is rare in the animal kingdom, known only in a few species of
  cephalopods.
More recently they have lowered cameras on cables and measured the
  bioluminescence on display beneath the waves.
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