escarbuncle

noun
es·​carbuncle | \ ə̇ˈs, eˈs+- \

Definition of escarbuncle

: a heraldic charge consisting of a center ornament with eight decorated rays to represent the precious stone carbuncle

called also carbuncle

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History and Etymology for escarbuncle

Middle English, from Middle French escarbuncle, escarboncle, modification (probably influenced by esmeraude emerald) of Latin carbunculus dark red precious stone, small coal

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“Escarbuncle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/escarbuncle. Accessed 22 Sep. 2021.

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