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 (lănt′hôrn′, lăn′tərn)
n. Chiefly British
A lantern.

[Alteration (influenced by horn, of which the sides were once made) of lantern.]
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(ˈlæntˌhɔːn; ˈlæntən)
an archaic word for lantern
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(ˈlæn tərn)

1. a transparent or translucent, usu. portable, case for enclosing a light and protecting it from the wind, rain, etc.
2. the chamber at the top of a lighthouse, surrounding the light.
a. a structure with open or windowed sides on top of a roof or dome, admitting light or air to the enclosed area below.
b. any light, decorative structure of relatively small size crowning a roof, dome, etc.
[1250–1300; Middle English lanterne < Latin lanterna (< Etruscan) < Greek lamptḗr lamp, light]
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References in classic literature ?
Not contented with tearing off all the wainscot and hangings, and splitting the doors to pieces, they beat down the partition walls; and although that alone cost them near two hours, they cut down the cupola or lanthorn, and they began to take the slate and boards from the roof, and were prevented only by the approaching daylight from a total demolition of the building.
Bob was not long after her, hurrying without shoes or stockings, but with the lanthorn in his hand.
And if I let go the boat--but you ," he exclaimed, suddenly lifting the light of his lanthorn on Maggie, as she stood in the rain with the oar in her hand and her black hair streaming.
"I've been thinking I'd better have asked for a lanthorn."
Others broke over the piers, and with their spume swept the lanthorns of the lighthouses which rise from the end of either pier of Whitby Harbour.
Bowyer, Brick, Martin, Constable, Broad Arrow, Salt, Lanthorn, Wakefield, Bell, Beauchamp, Devereaux and Flint?
(14) (The morphological similarity between small and large marine animals, both with a profusions of arms coming out of their bodies, would presumably set off such a delusion.) Reviewing Salmonia, Scott presented this passage as an example of Davy's expert demystification of a persistent legend; the great chemist, he observed, "places a microscope before us, instead of a magic lanthorn." (15)
"GVSU Board of Trustees Statement on Same-Sex Benefits." Grand Valley Lanthorn 36.26.
Hardin, MPH Secretary-elect Heather Elisabeth Lanthorn, MPH Treasurer-elect Julie A.
In New Atlantis, Salomon's House is portrayed as the "very eye" or "lanthorn" of Bensalem, the "fair city" encountered by a group of travellers who put in there after a storm (464, 471, 457).
The same motivation is attested in England for the glow-worm (fairy lanthorn), while 'witch' is noted there for the swallow (witchhag).