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[foks-fahyuh r] /ˈfɒksˌfaɪər/

noun, Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S.
organic luminescence, especially from certain fungi on decaying wood.
any of various fungi causing luminescence in decaying wood.
a luminescent glow emitted by certain fungi on rotting wood See also bioluminescence

also foxfire, late 15c., from fox (n.) + fire (n.).


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