from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The larva of a small tortricid moth that feeds on cranberry leaves, giving the plant a burnt look; the cranberry worm
- n. a species of polychaete which may cause pain if touched
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The larva of a small tortricid moth which eats the leaves of the cranberry, so that the vines look as if burned; -- called also cranberry worm.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A glow-worm.
- n. Same as blackhead cranberry-worm.
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In August 1962, I visited Bermuda to study the famous fireworm Odontosyllis enopla at the Bermuda Biological Station.
The Caribbean has the bearded fireworm and nocturnal brittle stars, while off South Korea lives the Sargassum fish.
These others would include nurse shark, red mangrove tree, fireworm, sea turtle, and some common fishes.
The Princeton group was especially fortunate in being able to observe the annual mating ritual of the bioluminescent fireworm, which takes place on the ocean's surface three days after a full moon.
The winter 2009 issue of Invertebrate Biology featured fireworm bioluminescence research by Dimitri Deheyn and Mike Latz.
"This new study showed that the fireworm bioluminescence also involves green fluorescence, originating from the oxidation product of the luminescent reaction."
Invertebrate Biology, provides insights into the function of fireworm bioluminescence and moves scientists closer to identifying the molecular basis of the light.
"We were inspired by the work of earlier researchers who had studied the chemistry of fireworm bioluminescence, including Osamu Shimomura, one of the winners of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his discovery of green fluorescent protein from the jellyfish luminescent system," said Latz.
The report, published as the cover story of the current issue of the journal Invertebrate Biology, provides insights into the function of fireworm bioluminescence and moves scientists closer to identifying the molecular basis of the light.
Saw a fireworm, which would poison you if touched and also a rather fat and flabby sea cucumber!