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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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n. - An infection larger than a boil and with several openings for discharge of pus; Deep-red cabochon garnet cut without facets.

Usage examples (33)
  • Of stones the precious stone called carbuncle is least amenable to fire.
  • The common employment of the designation carbuncle for a precious stone and also for a boil was usual from ancient times.
  • The dictionary says a carbuncle is a kind of jewel.
  • A carbuncle is a large boil or abscess – i guess what he called a boil would be what we would call a small boil. for more
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