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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • It glowed; the strange dim light of the foxfire found in rotten stumps.

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  • Some kinds of mushrooms that grow on rotting wood emit a dim light called foxfire.


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  • See also friar's lantern.

    August 25, 2009

  • 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.


    February 15, 2008