Thunder pumper
Thunder Thun"der, n. [OE. [thorn]under, [thorn]onder, [thorn]oner, AS. [thorn]unor; akin to [thorn]unian to stretch, to thunder, D. donder thunder, G. donner, OHG. donar, Icel. [thorn][=o]rr Thor, L. tonare to thunder, tonitrus thunder, Gr. to`nos a stretching, straining, Skr. tan to stretch. [root]52. See {Thin}, and cf. {Astonish}, {Detonate}, {Intone}, {Thursday}, {Tone}.] 1. The sound which follows a flash of lightning; the report of a discharge of atmospheric electricity. [1913 Webster]

2. The discharge of electricity; a thunderbolt. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

The revenging gods 'Gainst parricides did all their thunders bend. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. Any loud noise; as, the thunder of cannon. [1913 Webster]

4. An alarming or statrling threat or denunciation. [1913 Webster]

The thunders of the Vatican could no longer strike into the heart of princes. --Prescott. [1913 Webster]

{Thunder pumper}. (Zo["o]l.) (a) The croaker ({Haploidontus grunniens}). (b) The American bittern or stake-driver.

{Thunder rod}, a lightning rod. [R.]

{Thunder snake}. (Zo["o]l.) (a) The chicken, or milk, snake. (b) A small reddish ground snake ({Carphophis am[oe]na} syn. {Celuta am[oe]na}) native to the Eastern United States; -- called also {worm snake}.

{Thunder tube}, a fulgurite. See {Fulgurite}. [1913 Webster] [1913 Webster]


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