jack-o'-lantern

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A jack-o'-lantern.

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Etymology[edit]

Originally, a night watchman who carried a lantern. (See Jack)

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jack-o'-lantern (plural jack-o'-lanterns)

  1. 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.
  2. (archaic) A will o' the wisp.
    • Lowell
      [newspaper speculations] supplying so many more jack-o'-lanterns to the future historian

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  • 2001Joyce Carol Oates, Middle Age : A Romance, paperback ed., p.218
    He had a jocose jack-o'-lantern grin, big crooked nicotine-stained teeth, and a full droopy dark moustache and wiry whiskers hiding a weak chin. (attributive use)

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