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.
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
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an ulceration, esp of the lips or lining of the oral cavity
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
to infect or become infected with or as if with canker
goldthread. Historical Examples Ginseng and Other Medicinal Plants A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
an artilleryman. Historical Examples Les Misrables Victor Hugo History of the United Netherlands, 1600-09, Vol. IV. Complete John Lothrop Motley The Barbarians John Sentry In Hostile Red Joseph Altsheler Artillery Through the Ages Albert Manucy In Hostile Red Joseph Altsheler Reminiscences of Forts Sumter and Moultrie in 1860-’61 Abner Doubleday The Plays of Philip Massinger […]
the striped, green caterpillar of any of several geometrid moths: a foliage pest of various fruit and shade trees, as Paleacrita vernata (spring cankerworm) and Alsophila pometaria (fall cankerworm) Historical Examples Modern Painters, Volume V (of 5) John Ruskin A Treatise on Domestic Economy Catherine Esther Beecher Poor Folk Fyodor Dostoyevsky A Bottle in the […]
morally corrupt. bad-tempered. destroyed or having portions destroyed by the feeding of a cankerworm. having a cankerous part; infected with a canker. ulcerated. 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. […]