Definition of lightning bug in US English:

lightning bug


  • another term for firefly
    • ‘I've thought that fire ants had killed off most of the lightning bugs like they have the horned toads.’
    • ‘The favorite ‘hangouts’ of lightning bugs are east of the Rocky Mountains and away from city lights.’
    • ‘Fireflies and lightning bugs are neither flies nor bugs, but beetles.’
    • ‘My God, she wants to catch lightning bugs and I can't bend the rules for 15 minutes?’
    • ‘This is a rare phenomenon in which the lightning bugs in an area flash in unison.’


lightning bug

/ˈlītniNG ˌbəɡ//ˈlaɪtnɪŋ ˌbəɡ/