northern lights


noun (used with a plural verb)

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Origin of northern lights

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

northern lights

pl n

another name for aurora borealis
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Scientific definitions for northern lights

northern lights

See under aurora.
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Cultural definitions for northern lights

northern lights

See aurora borealis.

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