Carbuncle meaning

kärbŭngkəl
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(archaic) A deep-red or fiery colored garnet or other dark red precious stone, especially when cut cabochon.
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A painful localized bacterial infection of the skin and subcutaneous tissue that usually has several openings through which pus is discharged.
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A painful bacterial infection (esp. Staphylococcus aureus) deep beneath the skin, having a network of pus-filled boils.
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A painful localized bacterial infection of the skin and subcutaneous tissue that usually has several openings through which pus is discharged.
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An abscess larger than a boil, usually with one or more openings draining pus onto the skin. It is usually caused by bacterial infection.
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(heraldry) A charge or bearing supposed to represent the precious stone, with eight sceptres or staves radiating from a common centre; an escarbuncle.
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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

    From Wiktionary