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

  • n. Informal An arsonist; a pyromaniac.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a common red and black insect of the family Pyrrhocoridae.
  • n. a pyromaniac or arsonist.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. an incendiary; one who, from malice or through mania, persistently sets fire to property; a pyromaniac.
  • n. a criminal who illegaly sets fire to property; an arsonist.
  • n. a brightly colored type of true bug that can exude a stain.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An incendiary.
  • n. Same as cabbage-bug.

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

  • n. a criminal who illegally sets fire to property
  • n. a true bug: brightly colored bug that can exude a stain


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  • The addict is wrapped in the dire hug

    Of mania felt as a higher tug.

    For twitchers it's birds,

    For others it's words

    Or smoke and bright flame for the firebug.

    April 23, 2017