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bi·o·lu·mi·nes·cence

bioluminescence

 
pronunciation:
baI o lu mih ne sns
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part of speech: noun
definition: light given off naturally by certain kinds of insects, fish, or bacteria. The bioluminescence of fireflies allows them to blink on and off in the dark.
derivation: bioluminescent (adj.)
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The word bioluminescence contains the following parts:
bio, bi, -be Greek root that means life, living, living things
-escent Latin adjective-forming suffix that means becoming; beginning to
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