(heraldry) A charge or bearing supposed to represent the precious stone, with eight sceptres or staves radiating from a common centre; an escarbuncle.
Other Word Forms of Carbuncle
Origin of Carbuncle
Middle English from Old French from Latin carbunculus small glowing ember, carbuncle diminutive of carbō carbōn- coal ker-3 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Old Northern French carbuncle
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