zigzag lightning

zigzag lightning

[′zig‚zag ‚līt·niŋ]
(geophysics)
Ordinary lightning of a cloud-to-ground discharge that appears to have a single, but very irregular, lightning channel; when viewed from a suitable angle, this may be observed as beaded lightning.
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There's the psychedelic-inflected imagery: zigzag lightning bolts outlined with stripes, a disembodied tongue licking a giant ice cube, rainbow or radiating stripes that fill in silhouetted headlike shapes, and the nesting stripes in odd color combinations that define some works' borders.