cankered

[kang-kerd]
adjective
1.
morally corrupt.
3.
a.
destroyed or having portions destroyed by the feeding of a cankerworm.
b.
having a cankerous part; infected with a canker.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English; see canker, -ed3

cankeredly, adverb
cankeredness, noun
uncankered, adjective
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canker

[kang-ker]
noun
1.
a gangrenous or ulcerous sore, especially in the mouth.
2.
a disease affecting horses' feet, usually the soles, characterized by a foul-smelling exudate.
3.
a defined area of diseased tissue, especially in woody stems.
4.
something that corrodes, corrupts, destroys, or irritates.
5.
Also called canker rose. British Dialect, dog rose.
verb (used with object)
6.
to infect with canker.
7.
to corrupt; destroy slowly.
verb (used without object)
8.
to become infected with or as if with canker.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English; Old English cancer < Latin cancer; see cancer


4. blight, cancer, scourge.
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canker (ˈkæŋkə)
 
n
1.  an ulceration, esp of the lips or lining of the oral cavity
2.  vet science
 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
 
vb
5.  to infect or become infected with or as if with canker
 
[Old English cancer, from Latin cancer crab, cancerous sore]

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Word Origin & History

canker
O.E. cancer, from L. cancer (see cancer); influenced in M.E. by O.N.Fr. cancre (Mod.Fr. chancre). The word was the common one for "cancer" until c.1700. Canker blossom is recorded from 1580s.
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canker can·ker (kāng'kər)
n.

  1. Ulceration of the mouth and lips.

  2. An acute inflammation or infection of the ear and auditory canal, especially in dogs and cats.

  3. Cancrum.

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Canker definition


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.

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Example sentences
Burning or burying all cankered or dead branches or twigs will eliminate the
  infection sources.
Pruning well back of cankered area and disposing of infected wood removes a
  source of new infection.
Any cankered or infected branches or twigs should be cut back to healthy wood
  during the dormant season.
Cankered stems have greatly reduced sawtimber value.
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