jack-of-lantern

jack-o'-lantern

[jak-uh-lan-tern]
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:
1655–65

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jack-o'-lantern
 
n
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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