What semantic notions underlie fūrunculus (Latin for 'petty thief') 🡺 furuncle?
Wiktionary doesn't expound how furuncle ("1 cm tender red papule or fluctuant nodule") is a "transferred sense" from "pilferer (petty thief)". How do these notions in these nouns relate to each other at all? E.g. why would furuncles markedly develop on thieves?
"a boil, circumscribed inflammation on the skin," 1670s, from Latin furunculus, "a boil, burning sore," also "petty thief, pilferer," diminutive of fur "thief" (see furtive). Related: Furuncular; furunculous.
Etymology: < Latin fūrunculus, originally ‘little thief’, diminutive of fūr . Compare French furoncle froncle n.
don't expound the etymology. Moderator tucked my images below.
A pimple is a small theft of beauty.
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