carbuncle

noun
car·​bun·​cle | \ ˈkär-ˌbəŋ-kəl How to pronounce carbuncle (audio) \

Definition of carbuncle

1a obsolete : any of several red precious stones
b : the garnet cut cabochon
2 : a painful local purulent inflammation of the skin and deeper tissues with multiple openings for the discharge of pus and usually necrosis and sloughing of dead tissue

Other Words from carbuncle

carbuncled \ ˈkär-​ˌbəŋ-​kəld How to pronounce carbuncle (audio) \ adjective
carbuncular \ kär-​ˈbəŋ-​kyə-​lər How to pronounce carbuncle (audio) \ adjective

Examples of carbuncle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But all that was knocked down half a century ago, to be replaced by a concrete carbuncle that destroyed the arch and chunks of nearby streets and has been making commuters miserable since 1968. The Economist, 8 Feb. 2020 This isn't Westeros; no one's out here massing troops on opposite sides of a meadow while the fat cats in the biggest tent play an oversized game of Risk and tend to their carbuncles. Peter Rubin, WIRED, 20 Aug. 2019 This pile of dough is a swollen carbuncle on the backside of our fiscal/economic donkey. Alaska Dispatch News, 29 June 2017 The EOS 650 was the first autofocus SLR that didn’t suck, or have a giant carbuncle on the side of the lens (Canon T80, anyone?) Charlie Sorrel, WIRED, 21 Dec. 2007

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First Known Use of carbuncle

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for carbuncle

Middle English, from Anglo-French charbucle, carbuncule, from Latin carbunculus small coal, carbuncle, diminutive of carbon-, carbo charcoal, ember

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carbuncle

noun

English Language Learners Definition of carbuncle

: a large painful swelling under the skin
: a jewel (such as a garnet) that is cut into a rounded shape

carbuncle

noun
car·​bun·​cle | \ ˈkär-ˌbəŋ-kəl How to pronounce carbuncle (audio) \

Medical Definition of carbuncle

: a painful local purulent inflammation of the skin and deeper tissues with multiple openings for the discharge of pus and usually necrosis and sloughing of dead tissue

Other Words from carbuncle

carbuncular \ kär-​ˈbəŋ-​kyə-​lər How to pronounce carbuncle (audio) \ adjective

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