jack-a-lantern

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n jack-a-lantern a large poisonous agaric with orange caps and narrow clustered stalks; the gills are luminescent
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Jack-a-Lantern the ignis fatuus or Will-o'-the-Wisp
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. Jacques, the most common name in France, hence used as a substitute for John, the most common name in England; but it is really=James or Jacobā€”L. Jacobus.

Usage

In literature:

It is a sort of Jack-o'-lantern, or Will-o'-the-wisp, or, as Gerald once called it, `Saint Vitus' dance.
"The Three Admirals" by W.H.G. Kingston
And the Boss he sat there grinnin' like a Jack lantern.
"Shorty McCabe" by Sewell Ford
On a crisp fall evening a terrible, grinning fellow known as Jack O'Lantern appeared about the farmhouse.
"The Tale of the The Muley Cow" by Arthur Scott Bailey
Jack-o'-lanterns for the gas jets may be made of paste board boxes about the size of a shoe box.
"Games For All Occasions" by Mary E. Blain
Surprised, Jack returned and secured a lantern, and passed out and down the long platform.
"The Young Railroaders" by Francis Lovell Coombs
It made Harboro think of a carefully constructed Jack-o'-Lantern.
"Children of the Desert" by Louis Dodge
There was not a sound in the Jack-o'-Lantern, and the events of the day seemed like some hideous nightmare which waking had put to rout.
"At the Sign of the Jack O'Lantern" by Myrtle Reed
Those who seek to follow such a lead follow a Jack-o'-lantern.
"The Orchard of Tears" by Sax Rohmer
It's a King Jack-o'-lantern.
"Harper's Young People, October 26, 1880" by Various
The men bearing the lanterns came closer, Jack saw, as he himself scurried amidst the bushes seeking a hiding-place.
"Air Service Boys Over The Enemy's Lines" by Charles Amory Beach
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In news:

Loyal fans are cheering the return of a seasonal favorite ā€“ the Papa Murphy's Jack-O-Lantern Pizza.
View full size Brent Wojahn/The Oregonian Nathan Pryor built a playable Tetris game into his jack-o-lantern.
Longview, TX ā€” KETK's newpaper partner the Longview News-Journal will be holding a Great Jack-o'-Lantern Contest this Halloween.
Reid and the Eagles now as hollow as a carved Jack-O-Lantern.
Knowledge & Wisdom: How to Carve a Better Jack-o'-Lantern.
A Jack Russell jack-oƕ-lantern is a fetching Halloween decoration.
Light a Jack o' Lantern Without Pain.
A record 110,000 people attended the Jack-O'-Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Park Zoo this year.
View full size Brent Wojahn/The Oregonian Nathan Pryor built a playable Tetris game into his jack-o-lantern .
Do you want to create a jack-o-lantern with personality.
A smiling Jack-o-lantern in the backyard of a Byram Road home during morning snow shower, Saturday Oct 29.
Reid and the Eagles now as hollow as a carved Jack-O-Lantern .
You can even apply your talents to both sides making a jack-o'-lantern with a "split personality".
Your jack-o'-lantern is still useful so give it a second chance with these pumpkin recycling tips.
A pumpkin festival in New Hampshire has fallen about 1,500 pumpkins short of smashing the world record for the most lit jack-o'- lanterns .
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