glow worm

glowworm

[gloh-wurm]
noun
1.
the wingless female or larva of the European beetle, Lampyris noctiluca, which emits a sustained greenish light.
2.
any of various other beetle larvae or wingless females that emit a glow rather than a flash of light.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English. See glow, worm

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  1. n.
    a drunkard; an alcoholic. (From glow.) : Gary came out of the bar and tripped over a napping glow worm near the entrance to the alley.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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