chain lightning

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noun

Chiefly Northeastern and Western U.S. lightning that seems to move very quickly in wavy or zigzag lines.

Origin of chain lightning

An Americanism dating back to 1825–35
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British Dictionary definitions for chain lightning

chain lightning

noun

another name for forked lightning

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