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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. 2017.
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  • Dont mistake vivacity for wit, thare iz just az mutch diffrence as thare iz between lightning and a lightning bug.

  • Not like a pair of legs and a spinal column with a lightning bug stuck on top.

    Accidental Flight Floyd L. Wallace
  • 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
  • In reality it is only the female which is the lightning bug, for the male is not equipped with any lighting power.

  • "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
British Dictionary definitions for lightning bug

lightning bug

(US & Canadian) another name for the firefly
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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