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Fire-, Fyreflaucht, -flaught, n. Also: fyr(e)flawcht, fyirflaucht, fyire-, fyrflacht, fireflocht. [Fire n., Flaucht n.] 1. Lightning; flashes of lightning.(a) c1400 Troy-bk. ii. 1711.
Of fyre-flaucht sic flawis fleand That it signified the se birnand
c1420 Wynt. v. 4548.
This herytyk … Wes brynt wyth fyrflawcht suddanly
1456 Hay II. 100/15.
Ȝit cummys thare with the rayne grete thonder and fyre flaucht
a1500 Seven S. 2030.
With rane, fyreflaucht, & all ill wedder … neir the lyf is out of me
1513 Doug. iv. iv. 80; etc.
The flambe of fyreflaucht lychtnyt heir and thar
1535 Stewart 43596.
So aufull thunder fell doun fra the sky, And fyre-flaucht als
c1552 Lynd. Mon. 5556.
As fyreflaucht haistely glansyng, Discend sall the most heuinly kyng
1596 Dalr. I. 288/17.
Quhen nathing was seine bot stormie windis, cludis and rane, thundir and fyrflaucht
c1650 Spalding II. 101.
Thair rais … ane extraordinar heiche wynd, with fireflaucht, rayne, and weit
(b) 1533 Gau 52/28.
As fyrflacht passis owt of the est and schenis to the vest
c1590 J. Stewart 14/78.
Suiftlie so … he gais As fyrflacht fell from firmament fast flew
(c) 15.. Clar. v. 2327.
From both thair helmes the low ȝeid as fyrflaught
1595 Duncan App. Etym.
Fulmen, fyre flaught
a1650 Row 330.
The terrible fire-flaught and hudge inundation of raine … marred all that purpose of ryding
1654 Lamont Diary 78.
Ther was a great raine, with fyre-flaught or lightning

2. A flash of lightning, a thunder-bolt. c1420 Wynt. vi. 429.
A gret fyreflawcht and a felle Than hapnyd in Rome
1533 Boece xi. iv. 411 b.
The are was … clowdy & mystye, with ithand wynd and fyreflauchtis
1513 Doug. xiii. x. 12.
Ane huge bleys of flambys braid doun fell … In maner of a lychtnyng or fyre flaucht
1551 Hamilton Cat. 270/2.
Delivir us fra all dangears … of fyirflauchtis and thundir
a1585 Polwart Flyt. 553 (T).
With fleing fyreflauchis [H. -flaughts] burning bricht and schyre
(1604) Melvill 569.
Thair wes … sein gryt inflamatiounes of fyre-flauchtis
1661 Soc. Ant. XXII. 253.
They daunced together, and … the ground under them was all fireflaughts
fig. 1637 Rutherford Lett. (1862) I. 265.
I find that a fire-flaught of challengis will come in at midsummer

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