- Pathology. a 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.
- a gemstone, especially a garnet, cut with a convex back and a cabochon surface.
- Also called London brown. a dark grayish, red-brown color.
- Obsolete. any rounded red gem.
- having the color carbuncle.
Origin of carbuncle
Examples from the Web for carbuncle
Tsian Tang brought out a platter of red amber on which lay a carbuncle.The Chinese Fairy Book
Baron Colditz, the Chancellor, fell ill of a carbuncle in his foot, and died.History of the Moravian Church
J. E. Hutton
The carbuncle of the Dung-Beetle of the Pampas suggested the question.The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles
Jean Henri Fabre
The second row contained a carbuncle, a jasper, and a sapphire.The Antiquities of the Jews
It appears to be the same called Carbuncle Mountain on the map.The Maine Woods
Henry David Thoreau
- an extensive skin eruption, similar to but larger than a boil, with several openings: caused by staphylococcal infection
- a rounded gemstone, esp a garnet cut without facets
- a dark reddish-greyish-brown colour
Word Origin and History for carbuncle
early 13c., "fiery jewel," from Old North French carbuncle (Old French charbocle, charboncle) "carbuncle-stone," also "carbuncle, boil," from Latin carbunculus "red gem," also "red, inflamed spot," literally "a little coal," from carbo (genitive carbonis) "coal" (see carbon). Originally of rubies, garnets, and other red jewels; in English the word was applied to tumors from late 14c.
- A deep-seated pyogenic infection of several contiguous hair follicles, with formation of connecting sinuses, often preceded or accompanied by fever, malaise, and prostration.