The comb and wattle of this rooster are examples of caruncles.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- an outgrowth of flesh, as the comb and wattles of a fowl
- an outgrowth of an outer seed coat at or near the hilum
Origin: obsolete French caruncle ; from Classical Latin caruncula, diminutive of caro: see harvest
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- Biology A fleshy naked outgrowth, such as a fowl's wattles.
- Botany An outgrowth or appendage at or near the hilum of certain seeds, as of the castor-oil plant.
Origin: Obsolete French caruncule, from Latin caruncula, diminutive of carō, flesh; see sker-1 in Indo-European roots.
- ca·runˈcu·lar adjective
- ca·runˈcu·late , ca·runˈcu·latˌed adjective
caruncle - Medical Definition