from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A fabulous animal, the existence of which is generally believed in some parts of South America.
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Pro isto carbunculo Grand Can Imperator, per ingenium, per insidias, per precium, et per prælium sæpè laborauit, sed nihil profecit.
Pro isto carbunculo Grand Can Imperator, per ingenium, per insidias, per precium, et per pr鎙ium s鎝� laborauit, sed nihil profecit.
Such are the stories related by the Indians; and it appears that the belief of the existence of the carbunculo has prevailed in Peru from the earliest times, and certainly before the conquest, so that its introduction cannot be attributed to the Spaniards.
As yet nobody has been fortunate enough to capture such an animal, though the Spaniards always showed themselves very desirous to obtain possession of the precious jewel; and the viceroys, in their official instructions to the missionaries, placed the carbunculo in the first order of desiderata.
The carbunculo is represented to be of the size of a fox, with long black hair, and is only visible at night, when it slinks slowly through the thickets.