Definition of caruncle in English:


Line breaks: car|uncle
Pronunciation: /ˈkarəŋk(ə)l
, kəˈrʌŋ-/


  • 1A wattle of a bird such as a turkeycock.
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    • Adding to what Dominique just said, while feathers are by far the predominant outgrowths there are other bizarre protrusions, and I am not talking about the wattles or the caruncles.
    • You can even tell when a turkey isn't feeling well by looking at their caruncle or wattle because they become very pale and colorless.
  • 2The red prominence at the inner corner of the eye.
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    • Systemic effects from eye drops can be reduced by occlusion (finger pressed on the caruncle, which is felt as a lump at the inner corner of the eye) or shutting the eyes for several minutes after putting in the drops.
  • 3 Botany A coloured waxy or oily outgrowth from a seed near the micropyle, attractive to ants which aid the seed’s dispersal.
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    • The seed of this plant has a caruncle that may be involved in seed-ant interactions.
    • The ant stopped to examine the gorse seeds, it quickly found the bright orange caruncle and immediately began to bite and gnaw it.



Pronunciation: /-kjʊlə/
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  • The number of caruncular cells did not vary between breeds with normal or induced parturition.
  • The uterus contracts and the caruncular stock shrinks, further enhancing the separation of cotyledons from caruncles.
  • Samples were taken from the caruncular region of their uterine horns.


late 16th century: obsolete French, from Latin caruncula, from caro, carn- 'flesh'.

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