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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

Miles Tremenhere, Vol 1 of 2 Annette Marie Maillard
Memoir of the Life of John Quincy Adams. Josiah Quincy
Sir Jasper Carew Charles James Lever
Andersonville, Volume 1 John McElroy
Command William McFee
Eventide Effie Afton
Woman in the Nineteenth Century Margaret Fuller Ossoli
Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, Vol. 64 No. 396 October 1848 Various

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
to infect or become infected with or as if with canker


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