|1.||an ulceration, esp of the lips or lining of the oral cavity|
|a. a disease of horses in which the horn of the hoofs becomes soft and spongy|
|b. an inflammation of the lining of the external ear, esp in dogs and cats, resulting in a discharge and sometimes ulceration|
|c. ulceration or abscess of the mouth, eyelids, ears, or cloaca of birds|
|3.||an open wound in the stem of a tree or shrub, caused by injury or parasites|
|4.||something evil that spreads and corrupts|
|5.||to infect or become infected with or as if with canker|
|[Old English cancer, from Latin cancer crab, cancerous sore]|
canker can·ker (kāng'kər)
Ulceration of the mouth and lips.
An acute inflammation or infection of the ear and auditory canal, especially in dogs and cats.
a gangrene or mortification which gradually spreads over the whole body (2 Tim. 2:17). In James 5:3 "cankered" means "rusted" (R.V.) or tarnished.
disease of plants that is caused by numerous species of fungi and bacteria. Symptoms include round-to-irregular, sunken, swollen, flattened, or cracked, discoloured, and dead areas on the stem (cane), twig, limb, or trunk. Cankers may enlarge and girdle a twig or branch, killing the foliage beyond it. They are most common on plants weakened by mechanical, winter, or insect injury; drought; nutritional imbalances; nematodes; and root rot.
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