carbuncle

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From Old Northern French carbuncle

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carbuncle (plural carbuncles)

  1. (archaic) A deep-red or fiery colored garnet or other dark red precious stone, especially when cut cabochon.
    • 1602. Hamlet by William Shakespeare, act 2 scene 2 line 401:
      With eyes like carbuncles, the hellish Pyrrhus...
    • 1611. Old Testament, King James Version, Isaiah 54:12:
      And I will make thy windows of agates, and thy gates of carbuncles, and all thy borders of pleasant stones.
  2. An abscess larger than a boil, usually with one or more openings draining pus onto the skin. It is usually caused by bacterial infection.
  3. (heraldry) A charge or bearing supposed to represent the precious stone, with eight sceptres or staves radiating from a common centre; an escarbuncle.

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin carbunculus.

Noun[edit]

carbuncle m (oblique plural carbuncles, nominative singular carbuncles, nominative plural carbuncle)

  1. carbuncle (deep-red or fiery colored garnet or other dark red precious stone)