The Greek word phanárion derived in Italian fanale. That is the closest etymological antecedent of lantern, a term that in our idiom refers to various artifacts and objects linked to the illumination.
The first meaning of lantern mentioned in the dictionary of the Royal Spanish Academy (RAE) refers to oversized lantern that is installed in a coastal zone with the aim that its light works as a signal at night.
These lanterns are usually located in towers that are built in ports. Thanks to the light, it is possible to give warnings from land to sailors.
Another use of lantern that is associated with the universe of the navigation refers to the large lanterns that were located in the Stern of the boats. These lanterns were used as a command insignia.
Continuing in the field of boats, the lantern can be called the lamp used by fishing vessels with the intention of attract fish. Sardines, herring and anchovies are some of the species who are attracted to light.
A lantern, on the other hand, is a bell jar or other transparent material used to soften the glare. Another function of a lantern of this type is to prevent the light by air action.
In addition, a lantern is a bell that, closed at the top, allows protect what is covered with it. The usual thing is that something is enclosed in a lantern that you want to protect dust.