lightning bug

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And after the ribs, in the cool of the evening, with the little kids chasing lightning bugs in the backyard, your hosts might bring out some cold, sweet watermelon and a pot of rich, dark coffee. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "Column: On the Fourth of July, gathering to celebrate the Declaration of Dependence," 2 July 2019 The title comes from a childhood dream of catching lightning bugs in jars and holding them up for all to see. Jordan Runtagh, PEOPLE.com, "A Musical Memoir: Ben Folds Shares 10 Songs That Shaped His Life," 6 Aug. 2019 Country is walking barefoot, eating pickled pig feet, pig ears. Snatching the butt of lightning bugs, making earrings. Andrew R. Chow, Time, "‘My Heart Makes It Country.’ Blanco Brown Talks 'The Git Up’ and the Fusion of Country and Rap," 27 July 2019 There are plenty of themes to choose from that are just their size, like this one, perfect for cozying up after a night of lightning bug chasing and stargazing. 3. Kelsey Butler, USA TODAY, "Have a memorable backyard campout tomorrow: items you can order for delivery," 19 July 2019 Whenever we are taken inside the Temple of Wisdom, a menagerie of mechanical animals strides by, including lightning bugs with propeller hats, who provide lanterns to guide visitors through their admission trials. New York Times, "Review: In ‘The Magic Flute,’ Mozart Meets Nosferatu," 18 July 2019 Like lightning bugs and action movies, Leonardo DiCaprio comes alive in summer. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "A Comprehensive Guide to What Leonardo DiCaprio Did This Summer," 7 Aug. 2018 That’s also a major difference between lightning bugs and lightning. Kathryn Prociv, Washington Post, "Fireflies photobomb the Milky Way like a mischievous child with neon paint," 22 June 2018 Sadly, most lightning bugs have bigger problems to worry about. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Why Bioluminescence Evolved to Be Red Light, and Blue," 26 June 2018

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1778, in the meaning defined above

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lightning bug

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