Definition of bubo in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbjuːbəʊ/

noun (plural buboes)

A swollen inflamed lymph node in the armpit or groin.
Example sentences
  • These buboes were very painful to the sufferer.
  • ‘The most obvious symptom is the swelling of the lymphatic glands nearest the point of the infected bite or skin lesion into large, hard and painful tumours called buboes,’ said the WHO on its website.
  • The bubonic plague typically presents two to eight days after exposure, with sudden onset of fever, chills, weakness, and acutely swollen lymph nodes called buboes (usually in the groin, axilla, or cervical regions).


Late Middle English: from Latin, from Greek boubōn 'groin or swelling in the groin'.

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