Jack-o'-lantern Jack"-o'-lan`tern, Jack-with-a-lantern Jack"-with-a-lan`tern, n. 1. (Biol.) A large orange-colored luminescent mushroom, {Clitocybe illudens}, also classified as {Omphalotus olearius}. It is poisonous and is sometimes found on hardwood tree stumps. [WordNet sense 1]

Syn: jack-a-lantern, {Clitocybe illudens}. [WordNet 1.5 +PJC]

2. a pale light sometimes seen at night over marshy ground; an {ignis fatuus}; a will-o'-the-wisp. [WordNet sense 2]``[Newspaper speculations] supplying so many more jack-o'-lanterns to the future historian.'' --Lowell.

Syn: friar's lantern, ignis fatuus, will-o'-the-wisp. [WordNet 1.5]

3. A lantern carved from a hollowed-out pumpkin, with holes cut in the rind and so shaped that when it is illuminated by a candle inside, the features of a human face, cat's face, etc. appear in a glowing yellow color. It is used mostly as a decoration at Halloween. [WordNet 1.5 +PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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