jack-o'-lantern

noun

jack-o'-lan·​tern ˈja-kə-ˌlan-tərn How to pronounce jack-o'-lantern (audio)
1
: a lantern made of a pumpkin usually cut to resemble a human face
2
: a large orangish gill fungus (Omphalotus olearius synonym Clitocybe illudens) that is poisonous and luminescent
3

Word History

First Known Use

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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The first known use of jack-o'-lantern was in 1667

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“Jack-o'-lantern.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jack-o%27-lantern. Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

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jack-o'-lantern

noun

jack-o'-lan·​tern
ˈjak-ə-ˌlant-ərn
: a lantern made of a pumpkin usually cut to look like a face

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