lightning bug


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n lightning bug nocturnal beetle common in warm regions having luminescent abdominal organs
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Lightning bug (Zoöl) a luminous beetle. See Firefly.
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  • Mark Twain
    “The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug.”
  • Mark Twain
    “The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large mattertis the difference between the lightning-bug and the lightning.”


In literature:

It was Jack-o'-lanterns, or lightning bugs; so he set down again, and went to watching, same as before.
"Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Complete" by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
When the sun struck him right, he was as good to follow as a lightning-bug.
"Some Rambling Notes of an Idle Excursion" by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
He guesses everything of the kind except lightning-bugs and foxfire.
"Lectures of Col. R. G. Ingersoll, Volume I" by Robert Green Ingersoll
It would be better to make it with lightning-bugs.
"Pee-wee Harris" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
And they even had a lightning-bug pinwheel.
"Buddy And Brighteyes Pigg" by Howard R. Garis
The lightning bugs kept on glowing, so it was not at all dark in the cave, though it would have been only for these fireflies.
"The Story of a Monkey on a Stick" by Laura Lee Hope
But is that not rather hard on the lightning-bugs?
"Tales of Fishes" by Zane Grey
They shoot mice, lizards, grasshoppers, crickets, caterpillars, butterflies, lightning bugs, etc.
"The Upward Path" by Various
It was Jack-o'-lanterns, or lightning-bugs; so he set down again, and went to watching, same as before.
"The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain
Now the sun became a tiny ball of fire, a lightning bug, the earth a grain of dust.
"Circle of Flight" by Richard Stockham
Uncle Jefferson calls them 'lightning-bugs.
"The Valiants of Virginia" by Hallie Erminie Rives
When the summer glow-worms came (lightning-bugs the boys called them) we saw another curious and pretty bit of hunting.
"A Little Brother to the Bear and other Animal Stories" by William Long

In poetry:

Y is the Yellowbird,--bright
As a petrified lump of star-light,
Or a handful of lightning-
Bugs, squeezed in the tight'ning
Pink fist of a boy, at night.
"Billy's Alphabetical Animal Show" by James Whitcomb Riley
As frisky each as shooting star,
These tiny electricians are
The Lampyrine Linnaean--
Or lightning-bugs, that sparkling gleam
Like scintillations in a dream
Of something empyrean.
"Lightning-Bugs" by Hattie Howard
"If barn-yard fowls had honey-combs,
What should we think, I wonder?
If lightning-bugs should swiftly strike,
Then peal with awful thunder?
And would it turn our pink cheeks pale
To see a comet switch its tail?"
"April" by Nancy Byrd Turner

In news:

Louie the Lightning Bug buzzed around Bedford Public Schools this week.
Leo the Lightning Bug ' for i0S and Android.
The other creatures that populate the stories, including a worm, smaller birds and lightning bugs, are also cute and expressive.
One evening while taking my puppies outside to do their, as I, and other dog owners, only know how to call it, "evening ritual," I noticed something I hadn't seen in a long time: A lightning bug, a.k.a.
Ellen Robinson 's alto pipes glow like a lightning bug on a warm summer night as she sings the Lerner and Loewe standard "Almost Like Being in Love" on her third album, Don't Wait Too Long.
Captivated by a goldfish print, designer Jill Abeloe Mead used fabrics from the Lightning Bugs and Other Mysteries collection by Heather Ross for FreeSpirit to create a shower curtain.
From chasing a lightning bug, to splashing through puddles, they'll have fun, and maybe even learn something about our planet.