friar's lantern

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n friar's lantern a pale light sometimes seen at night over marshy ground
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Friar's lantern the ignis fatuus or Will-o'-the-wisp.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Friar's lantern the ignis-fatuus or Will-o'-the-wisp
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. frere—L. frater, a brother.