(?), n. 1. A shaft of lightning; a brilliant stream of electricity passing from one part of the heavens to another, or from the clouds to the earth.
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2. Something resembling lightning in suddenness and effectiveness.
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The Scipios' worth, those thunderbolts of war.
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3. Vehement threatening or censure; especially, ecclesiastical denunciation; fulmination.
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He severely threatens such with the thunderbolt of excommunication.
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4. (Paleon.) A belemnite, or thunderstone.
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Thunderbolt beetle (Zol.), a long-horned beetle (Arhopalus fulminans) whose larva bores in the trunk of oak and chestnut trees. It is brownish and bluish-black, with W-shaped whitish or silvery markings on the elytra.
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