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lightning bug

Origin of lightning bug
An Americanism dating back to 1770-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Not like a pair of legs and a spinal column with a lightning bug stuck on top.

    Accidental Flight Floyd L. Wallace
  • "Nothing doing on the carpenter's bench," he said, flashing the "lightning bug" toward the site of the engine house.

    The Forbidden Trail Honor Willsie
  • In reality it is only the female which is the lightning bug, for the male is not equipped with any lighting power.

  • Long and narrow, it looked like a kalsomined cave illumined by a lightning bug in a bottle when he turned the electric switch.

    The Fighting Shepherdess

    Caroline Lockhart
  • Dont mistake vivacity for wit, thare iz just az mutch diffrence as thare iz between lightning and a lightning bug.

British Dictionary definitions for lightning bug

lightning bug

(US & Canadian) another name for the firefly
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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