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foxfire

[foks-fahyuh r] /ˈfɒksˌfaɪər/
noun, Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S.
1.
organic luminescence, especially from certain fungi on decaying wood.
2.
any of various fungi causing luminescence in decaying wood.
Also, fox-fire.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English; see fox, fire
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British Dictionary definitions for fox-fire

foxfire

/ˈfɒksˌfaɪə/
noun
1.
a luminescent glow emitted by certain fungi on rotting wood See also bioluminescence
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Word Origin and History for fox-fire
n.

also foxfire, late 15c., from fox (n.) + fire (n.).

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