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

called also carbuncle

Word History


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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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