UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈkɑːˌbʌŋkəl/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈkɑrbʌŋkəl/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(kärbung kəl)

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car•bun•cle /ˈkɑrbʌŋkəl/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Pathologya very painful swelling of the skin caused by a group of deep, interconnected boils.
car•bun•cled, adj. 
car•bun•cu•lar, adj. 

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
car•bun•cle  (kärbung kəl),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Pathologya painful circumscribed inflammation of the subcutaneous tissue, resulting in suppuration and sloughing, and having a tendency to spread somewhat like a boil, but more serious in its effects.
  2. Jewelrya gemstone, esp. a garnet, cut with a convex back and a cabochon surface.
  3. Also called  London brown. a dark grayish, red-brown color.
  4. Jewelry[Obs.]any rounded red gem.

  1. having the color carbuncle.
  • Latin carbunculus kind of precious stone, tumor, literally, live coal, equivalent. to carbōn- (stem of carbō) burning charcoal + -culus -cule1, apparently assimilated to derivates from short-vowel stems; compare homunculus
  • Anglo-French
  • Middle English 1150–1200

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
carbuncle /ˈkɑːˌbʌŋkəl/ n
  1. an extensive skin eruption, similar to but larger than a boil, with several openings: caused by staphylococcal infection
  2. a rounded gemstone, esp a garnet cut without facets
Etymology: 13th Century: from Latin carbunculus diminutive of carbō coal

ˈcarˌbuncled adj carbuncular /kɑːˈbʌŋkjʊlə/ adj
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