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northern lights

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noun (used with a plural verb)
  1. aurora borealis.

Origin of northern lights

First recorded in 1715–25
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British Dictionary definitions for northern lights

northern lights

pl n
  1. another name for aurora borealis
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northern lights in Science

northern lights

  1. See under aurora.
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northern lights in Culture

northern lights

See aurora borealis.

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