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jack-o'-lantern

[jak-uh-lan-tern] /ˈdʒæk əˌlæn tərn/
noun
1.
a hollowed pumpkin with openings cut to represent human eyes, nose, and mouth and in which a candle or other light may be placed, traditionally made for display at Halloween.
2.
a commercially made lantern resembling this.
3.
any phenomenon of light, as a corona discharge or an ignis fatuus.
4.
a poisonous luminescent orange fungus, Omphalotus olearius, often found in clusters at the base of hardwood tree stumps.
Origin
1655-1665
1655-65
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British Dictionary definitions for jack o lantern

jack-o'-lantern

noun
1.
a lantern made from a hollowed pumpkin, which has holes cut in it to represent a human face
2.
a will-o'-the-wisp or similar phenomenon
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