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lanthorn

[lant-hawrn, lan-tern] /ˈlæntˌhɔrn, ˈlæn tərn/
noun, Archaic.
1.
Origin of lanthorn
1580-1590
First recorded in 1580-90; alteration by folk etymology (lanterns formerly had reflectors made of translucent sheets of horn)
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Examples from the Web for lanthorn
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  • In one hand he carried a lanthorn; a naked sword in the other.

    The Strolling Saint Raphael Sabatini
  • He bore my glance a moment, then turned and took up the lanthorn.

    The Strolling Saint Raphael Sabatini
  • An ignis fatuus, perhaps; a Jack-o'-lanthorn begotten of putrescence.

    The Life of Cesare Borgia Raphael Sabatini
  • On the opposite wall the light of the trooper's lanthorn fell brightly.

    The Tavern Knight Rafael Sabatini
  • The lanthorn was dashed from the fellow's hand, and rolled to Kenneth's feet.

    The Tavern Knight Rafael Sabatini
  • "That be hanged for a tale, Thorns," the man with the lanthorn said sharply.

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  • The lanthorn was seized and flashed upon us; there was a confused hubbub.

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  • A sailor came down with a lanthorn, and tossed my biscuit to me.

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  • I turned the lanthorn about, and discovered every convenience for dressing food.

    The Frozen Pirate W. Clark Russell
  • There was only one way to settle his mind; I took a lanthorn, and asked him to follow me.

    The Frozen Pirate W. Clark Russell
British Dictionary definitions for lanthorn

lanthorn

/ˈlæntˌhɔːn; ˈlæntən/
noun
1.
an archaic word for lantern
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