• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Scarlet-lightning the scarlet lychnis: the red valerian
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. escarlate (Fr. écarlate), through Low L. scarlatum—Pers. saqalāt, scarlet cloth.


In literature:

She turned to him a face lowering like a thundercloud, her eyes flashing the lightnings, her lips scarlet and bitten.
"The Leopard Woman" by Stewart Edward White
Heliconia spikes gleamed like fixed scarlet lightning, zigzagging through the pungent air.
"Jungle Peace" by William Beebe

In poetry:

The lightning is a silver in the sky,
The stars are shingle nails--
But when the wind and scarlet desert vie,
God's architecture quails.
"At Hovenweep In Cajon Canyon" by Norman MacLeod