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See also: Carbo, carbó, and carbo-



Shortening of carbohydrate.


carbo (plural carbos)

  1. (informal) carbohydrate
    • 2002, Jennifer Hanson, The Real Freshman Handbook:
      Instead of a head of mats, give yourself one of chili peppers or green beans or other snackable, filamentous source of quick carbos.




Unsure. The status of Proto-Indo-European *kerh₃- (heat", "fire", also "to burn) is uncertain.[1] Probably related to Old English heorþ (hearth), Old Norse hyrr (fire), Gothic 𐌷𐌰𐌿𐍂𐌹 (hauri, coal), Old High German harsta (roasting), Russian курить (kuritʹ, to smoke, burn, fumigate) and церен (ceren, brazier), Old Church Slavonic курйо (kurjo, to smoke) and крада (krada, hearth, fireplace), Lithuanian kurtì (to heat), karštas (hot) and krosnis (oven), Sanskrit कृष्ण (kṛṣṇa, burnt, black) and कूडयति (kūḍayati, singes), and maybe Latin cremāre (to burn).



carbō m (genitive carbōnis); third declension

  1. charcoal, coal


Third-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative carbō carbōnēs
Genitive carbōnis carbōnum
Dative carbōnī carbōnibus
Accusative carbōnem carbōnēs
Ablative carbōne carbōnibus
Vocative carbō carbōnēs

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  1. ^ De Vaan, Michiel (2008), “Carbō”, in Etymological Dictionary of Latin and the other Italic Languages (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 7), Leiden, Boston: Brill, →ISBN

Further reading[edit]

  • carbo in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • carbo in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • carbo in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition with additions by D. P. Carpenterius, Adelungius and others, edited by Léopold Favre, 1883–1887)
  • carbo in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • carbo in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • carbo in William Smith, editor (1848) A Dictionary of Greek Biography and Mythology, London: John Murray