carbuncle

noun
car·​bun·​cle | \ˈkär-ˌbəŋ-kəl \

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

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Other Words from carbuncle

carbuncled \ -​kəld \ adjective
carbuncular \ kär-​ˈbəŋ-​kyə-​lər \ adjective

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This pile of dough is a swollen carbuncle on the backside of our fiscal/economic donkey. Alaska Dispatch News, "Readers write: Letters to the editor, June 29, 2017," 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, "Canon Celebrates 30 Millionth EOS, 70th Anniversary and Probably Christmas Too," 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 \

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 \ adjective

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