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[fahyuh r-wurm] /ˈfaɪərˌwɜrm/
the larva of any of several moths, as Rhopobota naevana (black-headed fireworm) which feeds on the leaves of cranberries and causes them to wither.
1560-70; fire + worm Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The bearded fireworm is a segmented worm that has short, white bristles on each segment.
  • His only explanation for the illegal act was his need to address a fireworm problem in his bogs.
Encyclopedia Article for fireworm

any of certain segmented marine worms of the class Polychaeta (phylum Annelida), including species of the genera Hermodice and Eurythoe. Fireworms produce a stinging sensation if touched. The body of H. carunculata, found in the coral reefs of the Caribbean Sea, is covered with fine, white, brittle bristles that break if touched; they easily become imbedded in human skin and produce a substance that is highly irritating.

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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