American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various tropical American click beetles of the genus Pyrophorus, especially P. noctilucus, having bright, luminous spots.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) See in the Vocabulary.
- (Zoöl.) A very brilliantly luminous beetle (Pyrophorus noctilucus), one of the elaters, found in Central and South America; -- called also
cucujo. The name is also applied to other species. See firefly.
- n. tropical American click beetle having bright luminous spots
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