Part of speech: verb

To infect with canker; eat like a canker; corrode; fester.

Part of speech: noun

An ulcerous sore; a group of small ulcers in the mouth; a disease of fruit trees; any secret or spreading evil.

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Usage examples "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", 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", Louis Joseph Vance.
  3. By some thrush is believed to be but the commencement of canker. - "Diseases of the Horse's Foot", Harry Caulton Reeks.