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
And speaking of Halloween decorations, we like this Metro-themed jack-o'-lantern courtesy of Greater Greater Washington.
If that's you, feel free to stop carving your jack-o'-lantern for just a moment, because you'll want to hear this.
We left the house with no particular destination in mind, but as Spooky was pulling out of the drive, I spotted our jack-o'-lantern, still on the stoop.
Damn, I just realized I didn't upload photos of our jack-o'-lantern.
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.
When's the last time you saw a jack-o'-lantern carved in the shape of a BMW?
HALLOWEEN ON ELLSWORTH, costume contests, create-your-own jack-o'-lantern, a hay maze, face painting, treats, make-your-own edible ghost or broomstick, a moon bounce, pie-eating contest and more. 2-5 p.m.,
My first day of kindergarten, I drew a black jack-o'-lantern with white freckles.