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ball lightning

n.
A rare form of lightning in the shape of a glowing red ball, associated with thunderstorms and thought to consist of ionized gas.
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ball lightning

n
(Physical Geography) meteorol a luminous electrically charged ball occasionally seen during electrical storms
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