how to pronounce firefly


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the above transcription of firefly is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

firefly is pronounced in three syllables

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An example use of firefly in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… spotter a firefly flying in front of a …”

meanings of firefly


  1. Any beetle of the family Lampyridae, which exhibit bioluminescence during twilight.

firefly frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word firefly occurs in english on average 1.7 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics firefly can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that firefly can be often used in the following areas:

1) education, science, and technology;

2) life, nature, and living environment;

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