One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A portable light, especially one used for fishing at night.
- ‘During the Qing Dynastyi1644 - 1911), the local peasants and fishermen often made and used ice lanterns as jack-lights during the winter months.’
- ‘The spearing was conducted from row boats in 2 to 6 feet of water, by means of ordinary fish spears with illumination from jack-lights.’
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