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[kahr-boh] /ˈkɑr boʊ/
noun, plural carbos. Informal.
a food having a high carbohydrate content.
Origin of carbo
by shortening; cf. -o


a combining form used in the names of chemical compounds in which carbon is present:
Also, especially before a vowel, carb-. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for carbo
  • The surface is characterized by various forms of carbo hydrate and possibly water ice eroded by liquid carbo hydrates.
  • Cellulose is the primary carbo source in this process.
  • The newcomers then had no choice but to carbo-load, switching over to such sweet treats as honeydew nectar produced by aphids.
British Dictionary definitions for carbo


combining form
carbon: carbohydrate, carbonate
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Word Origin and History for carbo


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

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carbo in Medicine

carbo- or carb-
Carbon: carbohydrate.

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Slang definitions & phrases for carbo



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

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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