Friar's lantern
Friar Fri"ar, n. [OR. frere, F. fr[`e]re brother, friar, fr. L. frater brother. See {Brother}.] 1. (R. C. Ch.) A brother or member of any religious order, but especially of one of the four mendicant orders, viz: {(a) Minors, Gray Friars, or Franciscans.} {(b) Augustines}. {(c) Dominicans or Black Friars.} {(d) White Friars or Carmelites.} See these names in the Vocabulary. [1913 Webster]

2. (Print.) A white or pale patch on a printed page. [1913 Webster]

3. (Zo["o]l.) An American fish; the silversides. [1913 Webster]

{Friar bird} (Zo["o]l.), an Australian bird ({Tropidorhynchus corniculatus}), having the head destitute of feathers; -- called also {coldong}, {leatherhead}, {pimlico}; {poor soldier}, and {four-o'clock}. The name is also applied to several other species of the same genus.

{Friar's balsam} (Med.), a stimulating application for wounds and ulcers, being an alcoholic solution of benzoin, styrax, tolu balsam, and aloes; compound tincture of benzoin. --Brande & C.

{Friar's cap} (Bot.), the monkshood.

{Friar's cowl} (Bot.), an arumlike plant ({Arisarum vulgare}) with a spathe or involucral leaf resembling a cowl.

{Friar's lantern}, the ignis fatuus or Will-o'-the-wisp. --Milton.

{Friar skate} (Zo["o]l.), the European white or sharpnosed skate ({Raia alba}); -- called also {Burton skate}, {border ray}, {scad}, and {doctor}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • friar's lantern — /fraɪəz ˈlæntən/ (say fruyuhz lantuhn) noun → ignis fatuus (def. 1) …   Australian English dictionary

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