Recent Examples of carbuncle from the Web
This pile of dough is a swollen carbuncle on the backside of our fiscal/economic donkey.
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?)
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Origin and Etymology of carbuncle
CARBUNCLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of carbuncle for English Language Learners
: a large painful swelling under the skin
: a jewel (such as a garnet) that is cut into a rounded shape
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