• WordNet 3.6
    • n glowworm the luminous larva or wingless grub-like female of a firefly
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Glowworm (Zoöl) A coleopterous insect of the genus Lampyris; esp., the wingless females and larvæ of the two European species (L. noctiluca, and L. splendidula), which emit light from some of the abdominal segments.☞ The male is winged, and is supposed to be attracted by the light of the female. In America, the luminous larvæ of several species of fireflies and fire beetles are called glowworms. Both sexes of these are winged when mature. See Firefly. "Like a glowworm in the night,
      The which hath fire in darkness, none in light."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n glowworm The common English name of Lampyris noctiluca, a species of pentamerous beetles, of the family Lampyridæ and subfamily Lampyrinæ: a name applicable strictly only to the female, which is wingless, somewhat resembles a caterpillar, and emits a shining green light from the end of the abdomen. The male is winged and not phosphorescent, resembling an ordiuary beetle; he flies about in the evening, and is attracted by the light of the female. The same name is given to other species of Lampyris, as L. splendidula. Some related beetles are known in the United States as fireflies and lightning-bugs.
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In literature:

Bicycle lanterns, which resemble glowworms, should furnish decoration.
"Social Life" by Maud C. Cooke
Glowworms, reason for glowing of, 341-342.
"Common Science" by Carleton W. Washburne
Her cell was lit by a cageful of glowworms.
"Rastignac the Devil" by Philip José Farmer
There were glowworm gems in the dark masses of her luxuriant hair.
"A Soldier's Trial" by Charles King
At first our eyes, accustomed to darkness, could distinguish nothing except this glowworm light and the surrounding haze of lacy gray.
"The Brightener" by C. N. Williamson
Not a glowworm was glittering in the moss.
"Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales" by Hans Christian Andersen
Dorat was surnamed by a contemporary the 'glowworm of Parnassus.
"A Short History of French Literature" by George Saintsbury
When a glowworm is put into a phial, and this is immersed in water, a beautiful irradiation takes place.
"Illustrative Anecdotes of the Animal Kingdom" by Samuel Griswold Goodrich
Each walk opens up a paradise, cool and secret as a spring, and the pebbles shine like glowworms.
"Woman" by Magdeleine Marx
The glowworm light lasts for many seconds and then dies out.
"The Nature of Animal Light" by E. Newton Harvey

In poetry:

He sings; each burning feather
Thrills, throbbing at his throat;
A song of firefly weather,
And of a glowworm boat:
"The Redbird" by Madison Julius Cawein
Nor amidst all these triumphs dost thou scorn
The humble glowworms to adorn,
And with those living spangles gild —
O greatness without pride! — the bushes of the field.
"Hymn. To Light" by Abraham Cowley
There in the dew is it you hiding lawny?
You, or a moth in the vines?--
You!--by your hand, where the band twinkles tawny!
You!--by your ring, like a glowworm, that shines!
"One Day And Another: A Lyrical Eclogue – Part I" by Madison Julius Cawein
Through that pure virgin shrine,
That sacred veil drawn o'er Thy glorious noon,
That men might look and live, as glowworms shine,
And face the moon,
Wise Nicodemus saw such light
As made him know his God by night.
"The Night" by Henry Vaughan
When in the shadows, like a rain of gold,
The fireflies stream steadily; and bright
Along the moss the glowworm, as of old,
A crawling sparkle—like a crooked light
In smoldering vellum—scrawls a square of night,—
"Phantoms" by Madison Julius Cawein
And what do you see when lost in dreams,
Little Boy, 'way in there?
Firefly-glimmers and glowworm-gleams,
And silvery, low, slow-sliding streams,
And mermaids, smiling out--'way in where
They're a-hiding--'way in there!
"Through Sleepy-Land" by James Whitcomb Riley

In news:

Glowworms do put in an occasional appearance but it's not obvious what they represent.
Given the fundamental issues with O Lovely Glowworm the six actors captivate with their dedication to the material.