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Chinese lantern

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  1. a collapsible lantern of thin, colored paper, often used for decorative lighting.

Origin of Chinese lantern

First recorded in 1815–25
Also called Japanese lantern.
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British Dictionary definitions for chinese lantern

Chinese lantern

  1. a collapsible lantern made of thin coloured paper
  2. an Asian solanaceous plant, Physalis franchetii, cultivated for its attractive orange-red inflated calyxSee also winter cherry
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