dark lantern

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dark lantern (plural dark lanterns)

  1. A lantern with a panel that slides to block the light.
    • 1879: W. S. Gilbert, The Pirates of Penzance
      Your silent matches, your dark lantern seize,
      Take your file and your skeletonic keys.
    • 1891: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, "The Red-Headed League"
      "In the meantime, Mr. Merryweather, we must put the screen over that dark lantern."
    • 1983, Lawrence Durrell, Sebastian, Faber & Faber 2004 (Avignon Quintet), p. 1022:
      The old monk who was the night-janitor of the monastery now appeared bearing in his hand a dark-lantern and a wattle basket with some fruit and a bowl of rice.