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  • noun Alternative spelling of glowworm.


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  • The glow-worm is named both well and badly: although it is a kind of beetle, not a worm, it certainly does glow.

    Weatherwatch: glow-worms 2011

  • When I was little, the thing I wanted to do most was visit the glow-worm caves -- although I admit I actually got the idea that there was only one glow-worm cave.

    Land Of My Bones. karenhealey 2010

  • Some sayings seem to contradict each other, with one rhyme claiming that "When the glow-worm lights her lamp, the air is always damp", while another says that "When the glow-worm glows, dry, hot weather follows".

    Weatherwatch: glow-worms 2011

  • Ms. KILGORE and Mr. FRISHBERG: (Singing) Glow little glow-worm, turn the key on.

    Celebrating The Johnny Mercer Centennial 2009

  • Mr. FRISHBERG and Ms. KILGORE (Singing) Glow little glow-worm, glow.

    Celebrating The Johnny Mercer Centennial 2009

  • Ms. KILGORE: (Singing) Glow little glow-worm, glow and glimmer.

    Celebrating The Johnny Mercer Centennial 2009

  • Lead us on to love Mr. FRISHBERG: (Singing) Glow little glow-worm, fly of fire.

    Celebrating The Johnny Mercer Centennial 2009

  • Displays of Tasmanian glow-worm Arachnocampa tasmaniensis can be seen at several locations, particularly at Exit and Entrance caves.

    Tasmanian Wilderness, Australia 2008

  • And yet — and yet — I would rally the matter off, Alan; but in dark nights even the glow-worm becomes an object of lustre, and to one plunged in my uncertainty and ignorance, the slightest gleam that promises intelligence is interesting.

    Redgauntlet 2008

  • The stars may be the canopy over her head, the glow-worm in the night's cold grass be the fire at her feet, but home is where she is; and for a noble woman it stretches far around her, — better than houses with ceilings of cedar, or with paintings of the masters, shedding its quiet light for those who else were homeless.

    Manners at Home 2006


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  • Her eyes the glow-worm lend thee,

    The shooting stars attend thee;

    And the elves also,

    Whose little eyes glow

    Like the sparks of fire, befriend thee.

    - Robert Herrick, 'The Night Piece, to Julia'.

    September 10, 2009