[kar-uhng-kuh l, kuh-ruhng-]
- Botany. a protuberance at or surrounding the hilum of a seed.
- Zoology. a fleshy excrescence, as on the head of a bird; a fowl's comb.
- Anatomy. a small, fleshy growth.
Origin of caruncle
1605–15; earlier caruncula < Latin: small piece of flesh, diminutive of carō (genitive carnis) flesh; for suffix, see carbuncle
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Examples from the Web for caruncle
Caruncle: a soft, naked, fleshy excrescence or protuberance.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology
John. B. Smith
The seeds cannot be carried so well unless this ridge, caruncle, be present.Seed Dispersal
William J. Beal
Did you ever hear of the caruncle on the head of the turkey?
Caruncle, kar-unk′l, n. a small fleshy excrescence, as the wattles of the turkey-cock.
The role of the caruncle in opening the shell seems to vary among different species of turtles.
- a fleshy outgrowth on the heads of certain birds, such as a cock's comb
- an outgrowth near the hilum on the seeds of some plants
- any small fleshy mass in or on the body, either natural or abnormal
C17: from obsolete French caruncule, from Latin caruncula a small piece of flesh, from carō flesh
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- A fleshy, naked outgrowth.
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