from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A phosphorescent glow, especially that produced by certain fungi found on rotting wood.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. bioluminescence created by some types of fungus
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The phosohorescent light given forth by decayed or foxed timber.
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His first supposition was that it was a fungus growth known in the country as "foxfire," which gives out a phosphorescent glow in the darkness; but after watching and studying it for a long time, he was convinced it was something else.
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As you drive, you look around you at all the signs of degeneration; you hear distant explosions, perhaps catch the foxfire glow of a nearby inferno.
Black against the gray background, impossibly big, glowing with its own blue light like a rotten log full of foxfire.
His eyes burned very blue in the darkness beyond, like foxfire.
His eyes gleamed foxfire blue, an inhuman color in the half-dark.
Then, as she looked down for a moment, the lines of the diagram began to glow with a soft, bluish-white light, as if she had drawn them with foxfire instead of chalk.
It glowed; the strange dim light of the foxfire found in rotten stumps.
Some kinds of mushrooms that grow on rotting wood emit a dim light called foxfire.
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