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Meaning of CARBUNCLE

Pronunciation:  'kârbungkul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an infection larger than a boil and with several openings for discharge of pus
  2. [n]  deep-red cabochon-cut garnet cut without facets

CARBUNCLE is a 9 letter word that starts with C.


 See Also: garnet, staphylococcal infection



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Car"bun*cle\, n. [L. carbunculus a little coal, a
bright kind of precious stone, a kind of tumor, dim. of carbo
coal: cf. F. carboncle. See {Carbon}.]
1. (Min.) A beautiful gem of a deep red color (with a mixture
   of scarlet) called by the Greeks anthrax; found in the
   East Indies. When held up to the sun, it loses its deep
   tinge, and becomes of the color of burning coal. The name
   belongs for the most part to ruby sapphire, though it has
   been also given to red spinel and garnet.

2. (Med.) A very painful acute local inflammation of the
   subcutaneous tissue, esp. of the trunk or back of the
   neck, characterized by brawny hardness of the affected
   parts, sloughing of the skin and deeper tissues, and
   marked constitutional depression. It differs from a boil
   in size, tendency to spread, and the absence of a central
   core, and is frequently fatal. It is also called

3. (Her.) A charge or bearing supposed to represent the
   precious stone. It has eight scepters or staves radiating
   from a common center. Called also {escarbuncle}.

Biology Dictionary
 Definition: A carbuncle is an infection of the subcutaneous tissues involving the hair follicles, usually caused by staphylococci bacteria.
Easton Bible Dictionary

(Ex. 28:17; 39:10; Ezek. 28:13). Heb. barkath; LXX. smaragdos; Vulgate, smaragdus; Revised Version, marg., "emerald." The Hebrew word is from a root meaning "to glitter," "lighten," "flash." When held up to the sun, this gem shines like a burning coal, a dark-red glowing coal, and hence is called "carbunculus", i.e., a little coal. It was one of the jewels in the first row of the high priest's breastplate. It has been conjectured by some that the garnet is meant. In Isa. 54:12 the Hebrew word is _'ekdah_, used in the prophetic description of the glory and beauty of the mansions above. Next to the diamond it is the hardest and most costly of all precious stones.

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