Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A phosphorescent glow produced by certain bioluminescent fungi that grow on rotting wood.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The phosohorescent light given forth by decayed or foxed timber.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun bioluminescence created by some types of fungus

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Examples

  • 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.

    The Daughter of the Chieftain : the Story of an Indian Girl

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  • His eyes burned very blue in the darkness beyond, like foxfire.

    Sparks

  • His eyes burned very blue in the darkness beyond, like foxfire.

    Sparks

  • His eyes gleamed foxfire blue, an inhuman color in the half-dark.

    Sparks

  • Black against the gray background, impossibly big, glowing with its own blue light like a rotten log full of foxfire.

    THE FORBIDDEN GAME

  • 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.

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  • His eyes gleamed foxfire blue, an inhuman color in the half-dark.

    Sparks

  • 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.

    My Millionth Drive Through A Warzone

  • Black against the gray background, impossibly big, glowing with its own blue light like a rotten log full of foxfire.

    THE FORBIDDEN GAME

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  • Foxfire is the term for the bioluminescence created in the right conditions by a few species of fungi that decay wood. The luminescence is often attributed to members of the genus Armillaria, the Honey mushroom, though others are reported, and as many as 40 individual species have been identified. On the suggestion of Benjamin Franklin it was used for light in the Turtle, an early submarine. In the novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, the characters of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer use foxfire as a source of light in order to dig a tunnel.

    _Wikipedia

    February 15, 2008

  • See also friar's lantern.

    August 25, 2009