I think the precious stone character competes well with the bump.
I do believe the latter derives the name from the former.
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From: "Diana Manister" <[log in to unmask]>
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Subject: Re: Narcissus's complexion
> The dominant association to 'carbuncular' is to a bump of some kind, a
> cabochon-like convexity, not to scruffiness, don't you agree?
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> On Apr 25, 2010, at 8:33 AM, Peter Montgomery <[log in to unmask]>
> > The a Homes story called The Blue Carbuncle.
> > Eliot loved Holmes allusions.
> > Cheers,
> > Peter
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> > From: "Carrol Cox" <[log in to unmask]>
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> > Sent: Friday, April 23, 2010 1:52 PM
> > Subject: Re: Narcissus's complexion
> >> Carbuncle (gemstone) - Wikipedia:
> >> A carbuncle is an archaic name given to any red cabochon cut
> >> gemstone.
> >> The name applied particularly to red garnet.
> >> This radical an ambiguity (acne or royal color) is unusual in poetry,
> >> but Eliot may have intended it here.
> >> Carroo