jack-o'-lantern

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jack-o'-lan·​tern | \ ˈja-kə-ˌlan-tərn How to pronounce jack-o'-lantern (audio) \

Definition of jack-o'-lantern

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

First Known Use of jack-o'-lantern

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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“Jack-o'-lantern.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jack-o%27-lantern. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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jack-o'-lantern

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English Language Learners Definition of jack-o'-lantern

: a pumpkin that has had its insides removed and a face cut into it for Halloween

jack-o'-lantern

noun
jack-o'-lan·​tern | \ ˈja-kə-ˌlan-tərn \

Kids Definition of jack-o'-lantern

: a pumpkin with its insides scooped out and cut to look like a human face

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