Pronunciation: (kär'bung-kul), [key]
1. Pathol.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. Also called London brown. a dark grayish, red-brown color.
4. Obs.any rounded red gem.
having the color carbuncle.
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