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Carbuncle, 1) a precious stone of deep red colour: Err. III, 2, 138. Cor. I, 4, 55. Hml. II, 2, 485. “had it been a c. of Phoebus' wheel,” Cymb. V, 5, 189.
2) a gangrenous ulcer: “a plague-sore, an embossed c.” Lr. II, 4, 227.
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