One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Affected with a carbuncle or carbuncles; red or shining like a carbuncle. Frequently with reference to "carbuncle": (of the face or nose) marked with red pimples or spots.
2Set or adorned with carbuncles.
3In extended use: covered with lumps or protuberances resembling carbuncles.
Mid 16th century. From carbuncle + -ed. Compare earlier carbunculous.
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