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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various tropical American click beetles of the genus Pyrophorus, especially P. noctilucus, having bright, luminous spots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A brilliantly luminous beetle, Pyrophorus noctilucus, one of the elaters.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See in the Vocabulary.
  • 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. tropical American click beetle having bright luminous spots


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