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

1730–40; < Latin carbuncul(us) (see carbuncle) + -ar1
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Examples from the Web for carbuncular

Historical Examples

  • The kinds of pitsand are these: black, gray, red, and carbuncular.

    Ten Books on Architecture


  • 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.

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