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lightning bug

Origin of lightning bug
1770-80, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • When the sun struck him right, he was as good to follow as a lightning-bug.

    Some Rambling Notes of an Idle Excursion Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • I want to get a new specimen of a lightning-bug I noticed in the garden.

  • In Borneo there is a species of lightning-bug that tourists carry around at night on spits, delighted with the novelty.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • It was a rare kind, and I almost had one when a mosquito bit me and I had to let the lightning-bug go.

British Dictionary definitions for lightning-bug

lightning bug

(US & Canadian) another name for the firefly
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
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