noun, plural car·bos. Informal.

a food having a high carbohydrate content.

Origin of carbo

by shortening; cf. -o


a combining form used in the names of chemical compounds in which carbon is present: carbohydrate.
Also especially before a vowel, carb-. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for carbo

Historical Examples of carbo

  • The defense of Opimius was undertaken by the renegade Carbo.

  • On the coast they nest the same as carbo and in company with them on rocky islands.

    The Bird Book

    Chester A. Reed

  • Carbo, who had succeeded Cinna, was as bitter against him as Cinna had been.

    Ancient Rome

    Mary Agnes Hamilton

  • Does he fear the fate of Carbo and Cæpio, who were defeated by the enemy?

    Plutarch's Lives, Volume II

    Aubrey Stewart & George Long

  • Not satisfied with a seat and voice in the senate, Carbo wished that the renewing of their dignity should be passed into a law.

    A Manual of Ancient History

    A. H. L. (Arnold Hermann Ludwig) Heeren

British Dictionary definitions for carbo


before a vowel carb-

combining form

carboncarbohydrate; carbonate
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Word Origin and History for carbo


before vowels carb-, comb. form meaning "Carbon," abstracted 1810 from carbon.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for carbo



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