lightning bug


Examples of lightning bug in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Firefly fans who'd like to see lightning bugs year-round are out of luck. Aliza Chasan, CBS News, 7 June 2024 Demand has peaked in recent years to see the lightning bugs — yes, that’s just another name for fireflies — flirt. Rachel Chang, Travel + Leisure, 26 Mar. 2024 Belonging perfectly amid all this Rottweiler Americana — gun clubs, chain-link fences and neon signs that fizz like lightning bugs — there’s Kristen Stewart in a skeevy mullet and a sleeveless tee playing gym manager Lou. Jessica Kiang, Washington Post, 13 Mar. 2024 This means that when the weather is warm and the time is right, visitors to these light shows won’t just see a few dozen fireflies flashing in the dark, but thousands and thousands of lightning bugs lighting up all at once and then going dark as if someone just flipped a switch. Jason Bittel, Travel, 22 Jan. 2024 Are lightning bugs disappearing from Indiana's night skies? Karl Schneider, The Indianapolis Star, 27 June 2022 To film buffs who are buffs, specifically, of film — of movies shot and projected with a physical, photochemical product — comparing IMAX 70-millimeter to IMAX digital, let alone standard digital, is like comparing lightning to the lightning bug. Marc Tracy, New York Times, 18 July 2023 Her own summers as a child were filled with butterflies and lightning bugs. Lauren Lumpkin, Washington Post, 2 July 2023 Flashing fireflies: Also known as lightning bugs, they are best known for their bright flashes. USA Today, 2 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1778, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lightning bug was in 1778

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“Lightning bug.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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