carbuncle


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car·bun·cle

 (kär′bŭng′kəl)
n.
1. A painful localized bacterial infection of the skin and subcutaneous tissue that usually has several openings through which pus is discharged.
2.
a. A red precious stone, especially a deep-red garnet cut as a cabochon.
b. A mythical gemstone said to emit light even in total darkness.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin carbunculus, small glowing ember, carbuncle, diminutive of carbō, carbōn-, coal; see ker- in Indo-European roots.]

car′bun′cled adj.
car·bun′cu·lar (-kyə-lər) adj.

carbuncle

(ˈkɑːˌbʌŋkəl)
n
1. (Pathology) an extensive skin eruption, similar to but larger than a boil, with several openings: caused by staphylococcal infection
2. (Jewellery) a rounded gemstone, esp a garnet cut without facets
3. (Colours) a dark reddish-greyish-brown colour
[C13: from Latin carbunculus diminutive of carbō coal]
ˈcarˌbuncled adj
carbuncular adj

car•bun•cle

(ˈkɑr bʌŋ kəl)

n.
1. a local skin inflammation of deep interconnected boils.
2. a cabochon-cut garnet.
3. Obs. any rounded red gem.
[1150–1200; Middle English < Anglo-French < Latin carbunculus kind of precious stone, tumor, literally, live coal =carbōn-, s. of carbō burning charcoal + -culus -cule1]
car′bun•cled, adj.
car•bun′cu•lar, adj.

Carbuncle

1. A large, deep boil.
2. A red gemstone, generally a ruby or a garnet. However, Sherlock Holmes once had a case involving a blue carbuncle.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.carbuncle - deep-red cabochon garnet cut without facets
garnet - any of a group of hard glassy minerals (silicates of various metals) used as gemstones and as an abrasive
2.carbuncle - an infection larger than a boil and with several openings for discharge of pus
staphylococcal infection - an infection with staphylococcus bacteria; usually marked by abscess formation
Translations
carboucleescarboucle

carbuncle

[ˈkɑːbʌŋkl] N
1. (Med) → carbunc(l)o m
2. (= ruby) → carbúnculo m, carbunco m

carbuncle

n
(Med) → Karbunkel m
(= jewel)Karfunkel(stein) m

carbuncle

[ˈkɑːˌbʌŋkl] n (Med) → foruncolo

car·bun·cle

n. carbunco, furúnculo, infl. con pus,
pop. avispero.

carbuncle

n ántrax m, infección f de varios folículos pilosos cercanos
References in classic literature ?
Sullivan, in his History of Maine, written since the Revolution, remarks, that even then the existence of the Great Carbuncle was not entirely discredited.
In the Sketches from Memory Hawthorne gives an intimation of the tale which he might write and did afterward write of The Great Carbuncle.
Van Tromp, in a suit of French country velveteens and with a remarkable carbuncle on his nose.
Truth may perhaps come to the price of a pearl, that showeth best by day; but it will not rise to the price of a diamond, or carbuncle, that showeth best in varied lights.
Crioni went at once to the palace, denounced the criminal, and handed over the carbuncle as evidence.
abstracted from the jewel-case of the Countess of Morcar the valuable gem known as the blue carbuncle.
This done, he drew from some concealed place a little scrap of looking-glass, and with its assistance arranged his hair, and ascertained the exact state of a little carbuncle on his nose.
He would often spend a whole day settling and resettling in their cases the various stones that be had collected, such as the olive-green chrysoberyl that turns red by lamplight, the cymophane with its wirelike line of silver, the pistachio-coloured peridot, rose-pink and wine-yellow topazes, carbuncles of fiery scarlet with tremulous, four-rayed stars, flame-red cinnamon-stones, orange and violet spinels, and amethysts with their alternate layers of ruby and sapphire.
And at the bottom, quite in the shade, where the details are absorbed in the obscurity, the mastiff, with his eyes glistening like carbuncles, and shaking his chain, on which the double light from the lamp of Rosa and the lantern of Gryphus threw a brilliant glitter.
Suddenly there is presented to his sight a strong castle or gorgeous palace with walls of massy gold, turrets of diamond and gates of jacinth; in short, so marvellous is its structure that though the materials of which it is built are nothing less than diamonds, carbuncles, rubies, pearls, gold, and emeralds, the workmanship is still more rare.
Here and there out of the darkness round me the Morlocks' eyes shone like carbuncles.
Do you remember that time last summer I treated him for those carbuncles on his neck?