firefly

noun fire·fly \ ˈfī(-ə)r-ˌflī \
|Updated on: 6 Jun 2018

Definition of firefly

: any of various winged nocturnal beetles (especially family Lampyridae) that produce a bright soft intermittent light by oxidation of luciferin especially for courtship purposes

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FIREFLY Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of firefly for English Language Learners

  • : a small flying insect that produces a soft light


FIREFLY Defined for Kids

firefly

noun fire·fly \ ˈfīr-ˌflī \

Definition of firefly for Students

plural fireflies
: a small beetle producing a soft light


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