Definitions for jack-o'-lanternˈdʒæk əˌlæn tərn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

jack-o'-lan•ternˈdʒæk əˌlæn tərn(n.)

  1. a hollowed pumpkin with openings cut to represent a human face, traditionally displayed at Halloween, often with a candle or other light inside.

  2. any phenomenon of light, as a corona discharge or an ignis fatuus.

  3. a poisonous luminescent orange fungus, Omphalotus olearius, that grows in clusters at the base of tree stumps.

    Category: Fungi

Origin of jack-o'-lantern:

1655–65

Princeton's WordNet

  1. friar's lantern, ignis fatuus, jack-o'-lantern, will-o'-the-wisp(noun)

    a pale light sometimes seen at night over marshy ground

  2. jack-o'-lantern(noun)

    lantern carved from a pumpkin

Webster Dictionary

  1. Jack-o'-lantern(noun)

    see Jack-with-a-lantern, under 2d Jack

Freebase

  1. Jack-o'-lantern

    A jack-o'-lantern is a carved pumpkin, turnip or beet, associated chiefly with the holiday of Hallowe'en, and was named after the phenomenon of strange light flickering over peat bogs, called will-o'-the-wisp or jack-o'-lantern. In a jack-o'-lantern, the top is cut off to form a lid, and the inside flesh then scooped out; an image, usually a monstrous face, is carved out of the pumpkin's rind to expose the hollow interior. To create the lantern effect, a light source is placed within before the lid is closed. This is traditionally a flame or electric candle, though pumpkin lights featuring various colors and flickering effects are also marketed specifically for this purpose. It is common to see jack-o'-lanterns on doorsteps and otherwise used as decorations during Hallowe'en.


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