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carbuncle

[ kahr-buhng-kuh l ]SEE DEFINITION OF carbuncle

Synonyms for carbuncle

  • boil
  • pimple
  • sore
  • stones
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Tsian Tang brought out a platter of red amber on which lay a carbuncle.

Baron Colditz, the Chancellor, fell ill of a carbuncle in his foot, and died.

The carbuncle of the Dung-Beetle of the Pampas suggested the question.

The second row contained a carbuncle, a jasper, and a sapphire.

It appears to be the same called Carbuncle Mountain on the map.

She wore on her head a lotos-flower, and on her breast a carbuncle.

Page 167, line 67, and seq.—'Carbuncle and Balas ruby,' etc.

The carbuncle is by no means an invariable accompaniment of the disease.

The carbuncle is red, and surpasses the wonders of all other stones.

And there were moments in which she almost resolved to tell her secret to Mrs. Carbuncle.

WORD ORIGIN

early 13c., "fiery jewel," from Old North French carbuncle (Old French charbocle, charboncle) "carbuncle-stone," also "carbuncle, boil," from Latin carbunculus "red gem," also "red, inflamed spot," literally "a little coal," from carbo (genitive carbonis) "coal" (see carbon). Originally of rubies, garnets, and other red jewels; in English the word was applied to tumors from late 14c.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR CARBUNCLE

abscess

nounswelling
  • boil
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  • pustule
  • ulcer
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