What does the word canker mean?

Usage examples for canker

  1. And oft- times the vivacious and angelic Duchess of Devonshire, whose bloom had not then suffered from the canker- worm of pecuniary distress, created by the luxury of charity! – A Morning's Walk from London to Kew by Richard Phillips
  2. In the soul of him he could not believe that a thief's nature fed canker- like at the heart of a woman so divinely, naively dear and desirable. – The Brass Bowl by Louis Joseph Vance
  3. By some thrush is believed to be but the commencement of canker. – Diseases of the Horse's Foot by Harry Caulton Reeks