Canker



a gangrenous or ulcerous sore, especially in the mouth.
a disease affecting horses’ feet, usually the soles, characterized by a foul-smelling exudate.
a defined area of diseased tissue, especially in woody stems.
something that corrodes, corrupts, destroys, or irritates.
Also called canker rose. British Dialect, dog rose.
to infect with canker.
to corrupt; destroy slowly.
to become infected with or as if with canker.
Historical Examples

A Will and No Will or A Bone for the Lawyers. (1746) The New Play Criticiz’d, or the Plague of Envy (1747) Charles Macklin
The Love Affairs of an Old Maid Lilian Bell
The City of Delight Elizabeth Miller
Under Fire Charles King
The Man Who Rose Again Joseph Hocking
Under Fire Charles King
I, Thou, and the Other One Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
Expositions of Holy Scripture Alexander Maclaren
Diseases of the Horse’s Foot Harry Caulton Reeks
State Trials, Political and Social Various

noun
an ulceration, esp of the lips or lining of the oral cavity
(vet science)

a disease of horses in which the horn of the hoofs becomes soft and spongy
an inflammation of the lining of the external ear, esp in dogs and cats, resulting in a discharge and sometimes ulceration
ulceration or abscess of the mouth, eyelids, ears, or cloaca of birds

an open wound in the stem of a tree or shrub, caused by injury or parasites
something evil that spreads and corrupts
verb
to infect or become infected with or as if with canker
n.

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