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jack-o’-lantern

Note the two hyphens and the apostrophe in jack-o’-lantern, a carved pumpkin used as a decoration at Hallowe’en. Jack-o’-lantern is also the name of a variety of pumpkin grown for this purpose.

  • Samira carved a jack-o’-lantern for her high school Hallowe’en dance.
  • Traditional jack-o’-lanterns are now outnumbered by Hallowe’en garlands, scarecrows and ghostly effects in most Canadian neighbourhoods.