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a food having a high carbohydrate content.
a combining form used in the names of chemical compounds in which carbon is present:
Historical Examples

Five parts of saltpetre, one of sulphur, and one of carbo ligneus have been separately prepared.
A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 2 (of 10) Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)

The defense of Opimius was undertaken by the renegade carbo.
The Two Great Republics: Rome and the United States James Hamilton Lewis

carbo soon after engaged Metel’lus, but was overcome, with the loss of ten thousand slain, and six thousand taken prisoners.
Pinnock’s Improved Edition of Dr. Goldsmith’s History of Rome Oliver Goldsmith

carbo, who had succeeded Cinna, was as bitter against him as Cinna had been.
Ancient Rome Mary Agnes Hamilton

That that very carbo who obtained supreme control of Rome had fewer by one?
The Apologia and Florida of Apuleius of Madaura Lucius Apuleius

Does he fear the fate of carbo and Cæpio, who were defeated by the enemy?
Plutarch’s Lives, Volume II Aubrey Stewart & George Long

At last, carbo sent a large body of cavalry against Pompey, near the river Arsis.
The Boys’ and Girls’ Plutarch Plutarch

Not satisfied with a seat and voice in the senate, carbo wished that the renewing of their dignity should be passed into a law.
A Manual of Ancient History A. H. L. (Arnold Hermann Ludwig) Heeren

The whole story of carbo is one well calculated to present in vivid colors all that is lowest and most despicable.
The Two Great Republics: Rome and the United States James Hamilton Lewis

carbo, quoad vita suppeditavit, est in multis judiciis causisque cognitus.
A Dialogue Concerning Oratory, Or The Causes Of Corrupt Eloquence Cornelius Tacitus

combining form
carbon: carbohydrate, carbonate

before vowels carb-, comb. form meaning “Carbon,” abstracted 1810 from carbon.

carbo- or carb-
Carbon: carbohydrate.


A carbohydrate food: She knew she shouldn’t be munching out on carbos like this (1970s+)


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  • Carbohydrate

    any of a class of organic compounds that are polyhydroxy aldehydes or polyhydroxy ketones, or change to such substances on simple chemical transformations, as hydrolysis, oxidation, or reduction, and that form the supporting tissues of plants and are important food for animals and people. Contemporary Examples In other words, “carbohydrate is driving insulin is driving […]

  • Carbolated

    containing carbolic acid. Historical Examples During the period of scaling the patient should be rubbed all over with carbolated vaseline. The Eugenic Marriage, Volume IV. (of IV.) Grant Hague If the itching is acute, the body can be rubbed with carbolated vaseline. The Eugenic Marriage, Volume IV. (of IV.) Grant Hague Dick got a bottle […]

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