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Definition of the noun firefly

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noun - plural: fireflies

  1. tropical American click beetle having bright luminous spots
  2. nocturnal beetle common in warm regions having luminescent abdominal organs
    • lexical domain: Animals - nouns denoting animals
    • synonym of firefly: lightning bug
    • more generic word: beetle = insect having biting mouthparts and front wings modified to form horny covers overlying the membranous rear wings
    • more specific word: glowworm = the luminous larva or wingless grub-like female of a firefly
    • member of: family Lampyridae / Lampyridae = fireflies

Alternative definition of the noun firefly


  1. A nocturnal, bioluminescent beetle of the family Lampyridae.


  1. "Firefly" a.k.a. "Serenity" is a 2005 American space western film written and directed by Joss Whedon. It is a continuation of Whedon's short-lived 2002 Fox science fiction television series Firefly and stars the same cast, taking place after the events of the final episode. Set in 2517, Serenity is the story of the captain and crew of Serenity, a "Firefly-class" spaceship. The captain and first mate are veterans of the Unification War, having fought on the losing side. Their lives of petty crime are interrupted by a psychic passenger who harbors a dangerous secret.
  2. "Firefly" is an independent film directed by Pete Marcy and produced by Failure Boys, a small production company based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It was shot in Minnesota and Wisconsin with a $6,000 budget.
  3. "Firefly" a.k.a. "The Firefly" is a 1937 musical film starring Jeanette MacDonald and Allan Jones. The film is an adaptation of the operetta of the same name by composer Rudolf Friml and librettist Otto A. Harbach that premiered on Broadway in 1912. The film used nearly all of the music from the operetta but jettisoned the plot in favor of a new storyline set in Spain during the time of the Emperor Napoleon I. It added a new song, "The Donkey Serenade", which became popular, as was one of the Friml songs, "Giannina Mia", both of which were released on 78 r.p.m. gramophone records.
  4. "Firefly" is a 2000 drama film written and directed by Naomi Kawase.
  5. "Firefly" is a short film, directed by Tae Ri Kim.
  6. "Firefly" is a 2002 short film directed by Dace Riduze.
    • also known as Glühwürmchen, Jántarpins
    • country: Latvia
    • genre: Animation
    • released in (13 years ago)
  7. "Firefly" is a 1987 film written by Fuat Onan, Canan Öztürk and directed by İsmail Güneş.
  8. "Firefly" is a short film.
    • genre: Animation


Firefly is a fictional character in the 2012 action adventure sci-fi film G.I. Joe: Retaliation.

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Google previewChristmas with Holly (2012)

A Novel by Lisa Kleypas

The firefly is an unassuming insect in the daytime. If you didn't know ...

Google previewWhat Is an Insect? (2006)

by Lisa Trumbauer

A firefly is an insect, too! Ind ex ant, 5 grasshopper, 1 5 bee, 7 insect, 17.

Google previewBarron's English for Foreign Language Speakers (2008)

The Easy Way by Christina Lacie

EXAMPLE: A firefly is a winged nocturnal beetle that emits light through the bioluminescence process, fireflies lights 1. The flies enjoyed our picnic as much as we did. 2. Swimming in the ocean off the coast of Florida is dangerous because of a ...

Google previewProceedings of 3rd International Conference on Advanced Computing, Networking and Informatics (2015)

ICACNI 2015 by Atulya Nagar, Durga Prasad Mohapatra, Nabendu Chaki

The above procedure is summarized as the following firefly localization algorithm steps. Step 1: Firefly is a set of control variables of. Table 1 Design parameters Parameters Values offireflylocalizationalgorithm Maximum iteration 100 Space ...

Google previewInformation Technology Outlook 2000 ICTs, E-commerce and the Information Economy (2000)

ICTs, E-commerce and the Information Economy by OECD

Firefly is a collaborative filtering system that uses opinions of like-minded people to offer recommendations regarding products such as music and books. Amazon. com's Book Matcher allows users to rate books they have read and then uses ...

Google previewGardening with Heirloom Seeds (2012)

Tried-and-True Flowers, Fruits, and Vegetables for a New Generation by Lynn Coulter

Firefly is a pretty, modern cultivar with deep violet and cerise-red petals. The plants can reach up to 4 feet tall. Flowers appear about 90 days after the seeds are planted. david verity—c. ignea This ornamental cuphea was developed from the ...

Google previewSilk (1915)

Published [monthly] in the Interests of the Producer and of the Buyer

call the firefly is the source of perfect light. None of the artificial lights approaches this degree of perfection, but there is a marked degree of difference among them in this respect. For practical purposes all the various artificial lightsources ...

Google previewFirefly Geography Dictionary (2003)

by Firefly Books

Firefly Books. LAND BREEZE labor In economics, a factor of production involving manual or intellectual work. The "quantity" of labor is the amount of work done in terms of production or time, while the "quality" of labor shows the degree of skill ...

Google previewThe Firefly Visual Dictionary (2002)

by Jean Claude Corbeil, Ariane Archambault

A OICTIONARY FOR ONE ANO ALL The Firefly Visual 0ictionary closely links pictures and words. The pictures describe and analyze today's world: the objects of our everyday life, our physical environment, the animal and vegetable life that ...

Google previewDictionary of Proverbs of the Sinhalese Including Also Their Adages, Aphorisms, Apologues, Apothegms, Bywords, Dictums, Maxims, Mottoes, Precepts, Saws, and Sayings, Together with the Connected Myths, Legends, and Folk-tales (2005)

by John M. Senaveratna

FIREFLY Even the firefly frightens the man who has been thrashed with a fire-brand- [Cf. Eng. "A burned child dreads ...

Google previewCollier's New Encyclopedia (1921)

A Loose-leaf and Self-revising Reference Work ... with 515 Illustrations and Ninety-six Maps

'FIRELESS ENGINE FIREFLY, popularly, a comprehensive name for any small insect which flies and is luminous. They belong to the Lmnpyridz and the Elateridza. The Fulgora lantermzria, or lantern fly, a homopterous insect, is too large to be ...

Google previewThe New Werner Twentieth Century Edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica (1908)

A Standard Work of Reference in Art, Literature, Science, History, Geography, Commerce, Biography, Discovery and Invention... with New American Supplement, Complete in Thirty Volumes

FIREFLY—FIRE. INSURANCE. IN. THE. UNITED. STATES. FIRE INSURANCE IN THE UNITED STATES SINCE. engine half a block away. In order to make steam quickly, the water in the boiler of the engine is kept hot at all times, a stationary ...

Google previewthe new international encyclopedia (1922)

FIREFLY g result of th is pressure is the forcing of the carbonated liquid through a short flexible nozzle which may be directed so as to envelop the burning material. In the early types the apparatus was carried on the back, and the discharge of ...

Google previewChambers' Encyclopaedia (1874)

FIREFLY— FIRELOCK. FIRENZUOLA— FIRE-PROOF SAFES AND REPOSITORIES. FIRE-PROOFING— FIRE-RAISING. FIRE-SHIP— FIRMAMENT. a. or other convenient stations, or a series of ladders that can be jointed together ; of poles ...

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You can take all the sincerity in Hollywood, place it in the navel of a firefly and still have room enough for three caraway seeds and a producer's heart. (Fred Allen)
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Scrabble value of F4I1R1E1F4L1Y4

The value of this 7-letter word is 16 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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