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carbuncle

Edited by T. F. Hoad

in The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology

Published in print January 1996 | ISBN: 9780192830982
Published online January 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191727153
carbuncle

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fiery-coloured precious stone XIII; inflammatory tumour XVI. The early forms present several types — OF. c(h)arbu(n)cle (mod. escarboucle) :-

Reference Entry.  37 words. 

Subjects: History of English

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