southern lights


noun (used with a plural verb) Astronomy.


Nearby words

  1. southern fish,
  2. southern fur seal,
  3. southern gothic,
  4. southern hemisphere,
  5. southern ireland,
  6. southern ocean,
  7. southern oscillation,
  8. southern paiute,
  9. southern redbelly dace,
  10. southern rhodesia

Origin of southern lights

First recorded in 1765–75

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British Dictionary definitions for southern lights

southern lights

pl n

another name for aurora australis
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Science definitions for southern lights

southern lights

See under aurora.
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