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jack-o'-lantern

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A woman who could always love would never grow old; and the love of mother and wife would often give or preserve many charms if it were not too often combined with parental and conjugal anger. There remains in the face of women who are naturally serene and peaceful, and of those rendered so by religion, an after-spring, and later an after-summer, the reflex of their most beautiful bloom.
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English

A jack-o'-lantern.

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Etymology

Originally, a night watchman who carried a lantern. (See Jack)

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Noun

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jack-o'-lantern

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  1. A carved pumpkin whose top and stem have been cut out and interior removed, leaving a hollow shell that is then decorated to represent a face, illuminated from within by a candle.
  2. (archaic) A will o' the wisp

Quotations

  • 2001Joyce Carol Oates, Middle Age : A Romance, paperback ed., p.218
    He had a jocose jack-o'-lantern grin, big crooked nicotine-stained teeth, and a full droopy dark moustache and wiry whiskers hiding a weak chin. (attributive use)

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