Definitions for jack-o'-lanternˈdʒæk əˌlæn tərn
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jack-o'-lan•ternˈdʒæk əˌlæn tərn(n.)
a hollowed pumpkin with openings cut to represent a human face, traditionally displayed at Halloween, often with a candle or other light inside.
any phenomenon of light, as a corona discharge or an ignis fatuus.
a poisonous luminescent orange fungus, Omphalotus olearius, that grows in clusters at the base of tree stumps.
Origin of jack-o'-lantern:
friar's lantern, ignis fatuus, jack-o'-lantern, will-o'-the-wisp(noun)
a pale light sometimes seen at night over marshy ground
lantern carved from a pumpkin
see Jack-with-a-lantern, under 2d Jack
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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