obsolete : any of several red precious stones
: the garnet cut cabochon
: 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
Recent Examples on the Web The solid gold frame is set with an assortment of dazzling gemstones, including 345 aquamarines, 37 white topaz, 27 tourmalines, 12 rubies, seven amethysts, six sapphires, two jargoons, one garnet, one spinel, and one carbuncle. —Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 11 Apr. 2023 It’s been that way since the late 1960s, but if Kaktovik ain’t pretty, then Prudhoe—North America’s largest oil field—is a carbuncle in the permafrost. —Travel, 29 Dec. 2021 The drama, in their view, is nothing less than a monstrous carbuncle on the face of British society. —Meredith Blakestaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 8 Nov. 2022 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 See More
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