noun es·carbuncle \ə̇ˈs, eˈs+-\

Definition of escarbuncle

  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of escarbuncle

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

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