lightning bug


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Recent Examples on the Web Then, one by one, pick them out and do them, whether it’s riding bikes to get ice cream or catching lightning bugs in the backyard. Laura Johnston, cleveland, "How to keep your cool during a coronavirus summer with kids," 1 June 2020 In another scene where what’s going on around the main actors is more distracting than their dialogue, Shannon brings Grace to a place to propose that, according to the characters, is filled with beautiful lightning bugs. Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY, "Tyler Perry won’t make any new fans with his first Netflix movie, 'A Fall From Grace'," 18 Jan. 2020 Fireflies, aka lightning bugs, are facing a triple extinction threat from habitat loss, artificial light and pesticide use, new research suggests. Ashley Shaffer, USA TODAY, "What the [redacted] is going on in Iowa?," 5 Feb. 2020 Most miracles be small— lightning bugs flicking off & on in the dusk before the storm, hoping to be caught by fire & each other. Kevin Young, The New Republic, "Mason Jar," 21 Nov. 2019 The poems furnish an elegant bachelor space, a man cave with soft touches and a long prospect on the past, in which Wright’s memories, like lightning bugs, appear. Dan Chiasson, The New Yorker, "The Many Voices of Charles Wright," 4 Nov. 2019 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,, "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,, "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

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1778, in the meaning defined above

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“Lightning bug.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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