Definition of carbuncle in English:

carbuncle

Syllabification: car·bun·cle
Pronunciation: /ˈkärˌbəNGkəl
 
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noun

  • 1A severe abscess or multiple boil in the skin, typically infected with staphylococcus bacteria.
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    • It can be made into a salve or the tincture can be painted on boils, felons, carbuncles, abscesses, inflamed acne, cellulitis and other local inflammations.
    • Usually the staphylococcal bacteria are not concentrated enough to do any harm, but sometimes they pass deeper into the skin to cause boils, abscesses, styes and carbuncles.
    • This is particularly true of inflammatory conditions such as boils and carbuncles - painful, pus-filled bumps that form under your skin when bacteria infect one or more of your hair follicles.
    Synonyms
    boil, sore, abscess, pustule, wen
    technical furuncle
  • 2A bright red gem, in particular a garnet cut en cabochon.
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    • But the buckle on her belt was the shape of a circle of thorns surrounding a bright red carbuncle, like the tattoo on the nape of her neck.
    • Behind the guard was another, but he seemed to be more of a mage, with flowing red robes and an oaken staff with a brilliant carbuncle sapphire in its top.
    • Stones of deep red color like glowing carbuncles are let into gilded woodwork, and Limoges enamels ornament the walls.

Derivatives

carbuncular

Pronunciation: /kärˈbəNGkyələr/
adjective
More example sentences
  • Two cases of anthracoid or carbuncular eruptions due to iodides are reported.
  • The returns of the Registrar-General for this year exhibit a higher mortality from carbuncular diseases than those of any preceding one.
  • The local and constitutional symptoms became progressively more intense; and when first seen he had an extensive carbuncular infection.

Origin

Middle English (sense 2): from Old French charbuncle, from Latin carbunculus 'small coal', from carbo 'coal, charcoal'.

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