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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The glowworm glow is fainter than that of fireflies.
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