firefly


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Firefly \Fire"fly`\, n.; pl. Fireflies. (Zool.)
   Any luminous winged insect, esp. luminous beetles of the
   family Lampyrid[ae].
   [1913 Webster]

   Note: The common American species belong to the genera
         Photinus (especially Photinus pyralis) and
         Photuris, in which both sexes are winged. The name is
         also applied to luminous species of Elaterid[ae]. See
         Fire beetle.
         [1913 Webster +PJC]
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