See under fireworm (def 1).
the larva of any of several moths, as Rhopobota naevana (black-headed fireworm) which feeds on the leaves of cranberries and causes them to wither.
any of several gulls having a dusky or black head, as Larus ribidundus of northern Europe and Asia. Historical Examples On the Seashore R. Cadwallader Smith Birds in Flight W. P. Pycraft The Land’s End W. H. Hudson British Sea Birds Charles Dixon The Swan and Her Crew George Christopher Davies Yachting Vol. 2 Various. […]
Plant Pathology. a nonparasitic disease of plants, as of potatoes and various trees, in which internal plant tissues blacken, usually as a result of extremes in temperature. Horticulture. a heart cherry having a dark skin. the tree bearing this fruit. Historical Examples Carolyn of the Corners Ruth Belmore Endicott noun an abnormal darkening of the […]
disposed to doing or wishing evil; malevolent; malicious. Contemporary Examples Game of Thrones’ ‘The Lion and the Rose’: Joffrey’s Demented, Shocking Royal Wedding Andrew Romano April 13, 2014 Historical Examples Far from the Madding Crowd Thomas Hardy The Brentons Anna Chapin Ray Operas Every Child Should Know Mary Schell Hoke Bacon The Pirate of Panama […]
noun heat emitted by an electric element made from low-resistance thick wire that does not glow red Historical Examples Special Report on Diseases of the Horse United States Department of Agriculture Thomas Wingfold, Curate George MacDonald