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Meaning of carbuncle

car•bun•cle

Pronunciation: (kär'bung-kul), [key]
— n.
  1. a painful circumscribed inflammation of the subcutaneous tissue, resulting in suppuration and sloughing, and having a tendency to spread somewhat like a boil, but more serious in its effects.
  2. a gemstone, esp. a garnet, cut with a convex back and a cabochon surface.
  3. a dark grayish, red-brown color.
  4. any rounded red gem.
—adj.
  1. having the color carbuncle.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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