1. a. A large precious stone of a red or fiery colour: in early use of unsettled identity, as a ruby, garnet, spinel, etc.; (also) a mythical gem said to give out light in the dark (now hist.). In later use: esp. a garnet en cabochon, or of a boss form, often hollowed out to allow the colour of the stone to be seen.
b. fig. A person or thing resembling a carbuncle in colour, brilliance, or precious quality. Obs.
c. The substance of which a carbuncle consists; (fig.) resplendent matter.
2. Heraldry. A carbuncle borne in a shield; (also) a charge or bearing representing a carbuncle stone with rays of light radiating outwards (also interpreted as a stylized form of shield-boss with fastening bands); red as a heraldic colour (rare). Cf. ESCARBUNCLE n.
3. a. Med. Originally: any of various inflammatory or infective lesions of the skin or (rarely) the eye; spec.
vulgar or indecent in speech, language, etc.; coarsely mocking, abusive, or irreverent; scurrilous.
–verb (used with object)
to reduce to fine particles or powder by rubbing, grinding, bruising, or the like; pulverize.
characterized by stertor or heavy snoring.
breathing in this manner.
any preparation in which opium is the chief ingredient.
Pathology. a malarial fever characterized by regularly returning paroxysms, marked by successive cold, hot, and sweating fits.
a fit of fever or shivering or shaking chills, accompanied by malaise, pains in the bones and joints, etc.; chill.
a woman who has two or more husbands or male sexual partners at the same time.
1. trans. To heal (a wound, sore, ulcer, etc.) by inducing a cicatrice or scar; to skin over.