lightning bug

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Origin of lightning bug

An Americanism dating back to 1770–80
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Related Words for lightning bug

firefly, fireworm, glowworm, lampyrid, noctiluca

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British Dictionary definitions for lightning bug

lightning bug

noun
  1. US and Canadian another name for the firefly
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