lightning bug

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nocturnal beetle common in warm regions having luminescent abdominal organs

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They'd seen lightning bugs before--maybe even hundreds of times.
A single SAC unit operating in theater set the standard for intelligence acquisition: Between its first operational mission in August 1964 and the last one in June 1975, the 350th Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron flew 3,466 Lightning Bug sorties.
Our first sustained use of unmanned aerial vehicles actually occurred during Vietnam, where we flew over 3,400 reconnaissance sorties, between 1964 and 1975, with the Ryan 147 "Lightning Bug." True to our spirit of innovation and creativity, the "Lightning Bug" was a modified target drone, air-launched from a C-130 and recovered in mid-air by helicopter.
Mark Twain once aptly put it, "The difference between the almost fight word and the fight word is the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning."
Mark Twain's famous quote noted: "The difference between the right word and the almost-right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug." It will be interesting to see whether the financial industry's response to the foreclosure crisis and the proposed adoption of the ASF framework has a lightning--or just a lightning-bug--effect.
A beetle, a cricket, a spider, a fly, a lightning bug, or some other kind of insect, predator or vermin that drove her to shrug, gnaw on herself, dig into every square inch of her body.
Zubie The Lightning Bug: I Want To Remember Your Thoughts by Candace Coleman and with colorful illustrations from Ginger Nielson, is the colorful tale of Zubie the little lightning bug and his loving mother.
Bugtime Adventures A Giant Problem--The David Story Produced by Lightning Bug Flix, 2005 DVD 694993002495, Animated, 25 min, $14.95
DVD PREMIERE MOVIE Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch (Disney) 8/30 Hellraiser: Hellworld (Miramax/Disney) 9/6 Lightning Bug (Anchor Bay) 8/9
Popular examples are 'Cherry Marble,' 'Cranberry Dancer,' 'Rose Tattoo' and 'Lightning Bug.'
I shrug and the first lightning bug of the night breezes past my face.
Some longtime exhibitors, such as Alsy Lighting, American Lighting, Lightning Bug Ltd., LumiSource, Satco Products, Tensor Corp.
Mark Twain once wrote that "the difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter--it's the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning." This is certainly true in the law, particularly in the language used in jury instructions.
The message will in fact be waiting for them, suspended in the night sky over this city in southern Japan--waiting and flashing, like the seductively illegible signals that Japan's most popular winged insect, the lightning bug, uses to find mates for coupling.
"The difference between the right word and almost the right word is the same as the difference between lightning and the lightning bug."--Mark Twain