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or fox-fire

[foks-fahyuh r] /ˈfɒksˌfaɪər/
noun, Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S.
organic luminescence, especially from certain fungi on decaying wood.
any of various fungi causing luminescence in decaying wood.
Origin of foxfire
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English; see fox, fire Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • fox-fire is occasionally put to a cruel utility by hunters in association with the "salt-lick" for deer.

    Eye Spy William Hamilton Gibson
  • But for the fox-fire beacons he would have been lost instantly.

    The Forgotten Planet Murray Leinster
  • One's first experience with fox-fire, especially if he chances upon a specimen of some size, is apt to be a memorable incident.

    Eye Spy William Hamilton Gibson
  • If it had anywhere an actual nucleus, that centre remained as impalpable and unmaterial as fox-fire.

    The Roof Tree Charles Neville Buck
  • Everybody has seen "fox-fire" in the damp and decaying woods—a cold light which scientists have never been able to explain.

    Boys' Second Book of Inventions Ray Stannard Baker
  • The country people are familiar with the sight of it in wild timber-land, and have given it the name of 'fox-fire.'

    The Guardian Angel Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • The curtain door of the chamber was rent aside, and Sergeant True bearing aloft his fox-fire torch entered.

    Old Farm Fairies: Henry Christopher McCook
  • They were man-size, too, or nearly so, visible in the dark with the dim radiance of fox-fire.

    The Golgotha Dancers Manly Wade Wellman
  • Are there passages which burn with real fire—not punk, fox-fire, make believe?

  • When the firelight flickered, the eyes of the watching hundreds squatting in the background glowed green like fox-fire.

    Strange Stories of the Great River Abbie Johnston Grosvenor
British Dictionary definitions for fox-fire


a luminescent glow emitted by certain fungi on rotting wood See also bioluminescence
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for fox-fire

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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