from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A lantern made from a hollowed pumpkin with a carved face, usually displayed on Halloween.
- n. See ignis fatuus.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A carved pumpkin whose top and stem have been cut out and interior removed, leaving a hollow shell that is then decorated to represent a face, illuminated from within by a candle.
- n. A will o' the wisp
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A large orange-colored luminescent mushroom, Clitocybe illudens, also classified as Omphalotus olearius. It is poisonous and is sometimes found on hardwood tree stumps.
- n. a pale light sometimes seen at night over marshy ground; an ignis fatuus; a will-o'-the-wisp.
- n. A lantern carved from a hollowed-out pumpkin, with holes cut in the rind and so shaped that when it is illuminated by a candle inside, the features of a human face, cat's face, etc. appear in a glowing yellow color. It is used mostly as a decoration at Halloween.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as ignis fatuus, or will-o'-the-wisp.
- n. A lantern used in children's play, made of the rind of a pumpkin or of a similar vegetable, in which incisions are made to represent eyes, nose, and mouth; a pumpkin-lantern.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a pale light sometimes seen at night over marshy ground
- n. lantern carved from a pumpkin
- n. a large poisonous agaric with orange caps and narrow clustered stalks; the gills are luminescent
From earlier Jack-with-a-lantern, man with a lantern, will-o'-the-wisp.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Originally, a night watchman who carried a lantern. (See Jack) (Wiktionary)