furuncle[fyo̵̅o̅′ruŋ kəl, fyo̵or′uŋ′-]
Origin: L furunculus, petty thief, boil, dim. of fur, thief: see furtive
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Origin: Latin fūrunculus, knob on a vine that “steals” the sap, diminutive of fūr, thief (modeled on latrunculus, robber, diminutive of latrō, latrōn-, bandit); see bher-1 in Indo-European roots.
- fu·runˈcu·lar , fu·runˈcu·lous adjective