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[kar-uhng-kuh l, kuh-ruhng-]
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  1. Botany. a protuberance at or surrounding the hilum of a seed.
  2. Zoology. a fleshy excrescence, as on the head of a bird; a fowl's comb.
  3. Anatomy. a small, fleshy growth.
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Origin of caruncle

1605–15; earlier caruncula < Latin: small piece of flesh, diminutive of carō (genitive carnis) flesh; for suffix, see carbuncle
Related formsca·run·cu·lar [kuh-ruhng-kyuh-ler] /kəˈrʌŋ kyə lər/, ca·run·cu·lous, adjective
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Related Words for caruncle

blister, blemish, lump, acne, ridge, abscess, zit, carbuncle, spot, bump, excrescence, boil, inflammation, whitehead, hickey, furuncle, pustule, papule, blackhead, caruncle

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British Dictionary definitions for caruncle


  1. a fleshy outgrowth on the heads of certain birds, such as a cock's comb
  2. an outgrowth near the hilum on the seeds of some plants
  3. any small fleshy mass in or on the body, either natural or abnormal
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Derived Formscaruncular (kəˈrʌŋkjʊlə) or carunculous, adjectivecarunculate (kəˈrʌŋkjʊlɪt, -ˌleɪt) or carunculated, adjective

Word Origin for caruncle

C17: from obsolete French caruncule, from Latin caruncula a small piece of flesh, from carō flesh
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caruncle in Medicine


(kə-rŭngkəl, kărŭng′-)
  1. A fleshy, naked outgrowth.
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