carbuncle
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /ˈkɑːbʌŋkəl/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈkɑːɹbʌŋkəl/
Noun

carbuncle (plural carbuncles)

  1. (archaic) A deep-red or fiery colored garnet or other dark red precious stone, especially when cut cabochon.
  2. (heraldiccharge) A charge or bearing supposed to represent the precious stone, with eight sceptres or stave#Noun|staves radiating from a common centre; an escarbuncle.
  3. (pathology) An abscess larger than a boil, usually with one or more openings drain#Verb|draining pus onto the skin. It is usually caused by bacterial infection.
  4. An unpopular or ugly building; an eyesore.
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