American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A lantern made from a hollowed pumpkin with a carved face, usually displayed on Halloween.
- n. See ignis fatuus.
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.
- 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. archaic A will o' the wisp
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Biol.) 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.
- 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
- Originally, a night watchman who carried a lantern. (See Jack) (Wiktionary)
- From earlier Jack-with-a-lantern, man with a lantern, will-o'-the-wisp. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“And I have a few photographs, as promised, of this year's jack-o'-lantern, which is, by the way, the first I ever carved in New England (though, Spooky did the mouth, as I was impatient):”
“I carried my first New England jack-o'-lantern out onto the bridge, held it over the abyss, and dropped it into the tea-colored, tannin-stained water ten or so feet below.”
“Describing herself as "borderline obsessed" with snot otters, she says, "I have gone so far as to carve a hellbender shape in my jack-o'-lantern every year" at Halloween.”
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“My first day of kindergarten, I drew a black jack-o'-lantern with white freckles.”
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