lightning bug

lightning bug
noun Date: 1778 firefly

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Lightning bug — Lightning Light ning (l[imac]t n[i^]ng), n. [For lightening, fr. lighten to flash.] 1. A discharge of atmospheric electricity, accompanied by a vivid flash of light, commonly from one cloud to another, sometimes from a cloud to the earth. The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lightning Bug — can refer to:* A term for fireflies, particularly North American Photinus , Photuris and Pyractomena * Lightning Bug (film), a 2004 horror film by writer/director Robert Hall * Ryan Model 147 Lightning Bug, an unmanned aerial vehicle …   Wikipedia

  • lightning bug — lightning bugs N COUNT A lightning bug is a type of beetle that produces light from its body. [AM] Syn: firefly …   English dictionary

  • lightning bug — ☆ lightning bug or lightning beetle n. FIREFLY …   English World dictionary

  • lightning bug — n AmE an insect with a tail that shines in the dark = ↑firefly …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • lightning bug — lightning ,bug noun count AMERICAN a FIREFLY …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • lightning bug — noun nocturnal beetle common in warm regions having luminescent abdominal organs • Syn: ↑firefly • Hypernyms: ↑beetle • Hyponyms: ↑glowworm • Member Holonyms: ↑Lampyridae, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • lightning bug — light′ning bug n. ent firefly • Etymology: 1770–80, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • lightning bug — /ˈlaɪtnɪŋ bʌg/ (say luytning bug) noun → firefly (def. 1) …   Australian English dictionary

  • lightning bug — firefly. [1770 80, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

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