foxfire or fox-fire [foks-fahyuh r] EXAMPLES|WORD ORIGIN 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.

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  • Origin of foxfire late Middle English word dating back to 1425–75; see origin at fox, fire Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 Examples from the Web for foxfire Contemporary Examples of foxfire

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  • Historical Examples of foxfire

  • These should have been far more terrifying than any foxfire.

    Old Plymouth Trails

    Winthrop Packard

  • The Angel knelt beside his flower bed and recklessly tore up by the roots a big bunch of foxfire.


    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • Suspicion glinted like foxfire in the cold green eyes beneath her puckered brows.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • That that grows out of the foxfire in the swamp has its roots too far back in the inheritance of the race to be discounted.

    Old Plymouth Trails

    Winthrop Packard

  • British Dictionary definitions for foxfire foxfire noun a luminescent glow emitted by certain fungi on rotting woodSee also bioluminescence Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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