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.
Also, fox-fire.

1425–75; late Middle English; see fox, fire Unabridged
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foxfire (ˈfɒksˌfaɪə)
See also bioluminescence a luminescent glow emitted by certain fungi on rotting wood

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But at night a chemical reaction causes the fungus to emit an eerie green glow sometimes called foxfire.
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