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canker

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Etymology

Middle English canker, cancre, Old English cancer (akin to Dutch kanker, Old High German chanchar.), From [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] cancer a cancer; or if a native word, compare Greek excrescence on tree, gangrene. Compare also Old French cancre, French chancere, from Latin cancer. See cancer, and compare chancre.

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
canker

Plural
s

canker (s)
  1. (botany) A plant disease marked by gradual decay.
  2. A corroding or sloughing ulcer; especially a spreading gangrenous ulcer or collection of ulcers in or about the mouth. -- called also.
  3. Anything which corrodes, corrupts, or destroys.
  4. A kind of wild, worthless rose; the dog rose.
  5. An obstinate and often incurable disease of a horse's foot, characterized by separation of the horny portion and the development of fungoid growths. Usually resulting from neglected thrush.
  6. An avian disease affecting doves, poultry, parrots but also birds of prey caused by Trichomonas gallinae

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Verb

Infinitive
to canker

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to canker (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) To affect as a canker; to eat away; to corrode; to consume.
  2. (transitive) To infect or pollute; to corrupt.
  3. (intransitive) To waste away, grow rusty, or be oxidized, as a mineral.
  4. To be or become diseased, or as if diseased, with canker; to grow corrupt; to become venomous.

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