[ kahr-buhng-kyuh-ler ]
/ kɑrˈbʌŋ kyə lər /


of, relating to, or resembling a carbuncle, especially having a carbuncle or a red and inflamed area.

Nearby words

  1. carboy,
  2. carbro process,
  3. carbs,
  4. carbuncle,
  5. carbuncled,
  6. carbunculosis,
  7. carburate,
  8. carburation,
  9. carburet,
  10. carburetant

Origin of carbuncular

1730–40; < Latin carbuncul(us) (see carbuncle) + -ar1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for carbuncular

  • Menschell states that 44 persons were afflicted with anthrax after eating the flesh of oxen affected with carbuncular fever.

    The Stock-Feeder's Manual|Charles Alexander Cameron
  • Pustular, sometimes furuncular and carbuncular and superficially ulcerative.

    Essentials of Diseases of the Skin|Henry Weightman Stelwagon

Word Origin and History for carbuncular



1737, from Latin carbunculus (see carbuncle) + -ar.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper