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lightning bug

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lightning bug

n
(Animals) US and Canadian another name for the firefly

fire•fly

(ˈfaɪərˌflaɪ)

n., pl. -flies.
any nocturnal beetle of the family Lampyridae having a light-producing organ at the rear of the abdomen. Also called lightning bug. Compare glowworm.
[1650–60]
fireflies, lightning bug - Fireflies glow for a while but die down; lightning bugs flash their taillights for only a few seconds and never in the same place twice.
See also related terms for seconds.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lightning bug - nocturnal beetle common in warm regions having luminescent abdominal organslightning bug - nocturnal beetle common in warm regions having luminescent abdominal organs
beetle - insect having biting mouthparts and front wings modified to form horny covers overlying the membranous rear wings
glowworm - the luminous larva or wingless grub-like female of a firefly
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