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cankered

[kang-kerd] /ˈkæŋ kərd/
adjective
1.
morally corrupt.
3.
  1. destroyed or having portions destroyed by the feeding of a cankerworm.
  2. having a cankerous part; infected with a canker.
4.
Origin of cankered
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English; see canker, -ed3
Related forms
cankeredly, adverb
cankeredness, noun
uncankered, adjective

canker

[kang-ker] /ˈkæŋ kər/
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
Synonyms
4. blight, cancer, scourge.
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canker

/ˈkæŋkə/
noun
1.
an ulceration, esp of the lips or lining of the oral cavity
2.
(vet science)
  1. a disease of horses in which the horn of the hoofs becomes soft and spongy
  2. an inflammation of the lining of the external ear, esp in dogs and cats, resulting in a discharge and sometimes ulceration
  3. 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
verb
5.
to infect or become infected with or as if with canker
Word Origin
Old English cancer, from Latin cancer crab, cancerous sore
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Word Origin and History for cankered

canker

n.

late Old English cancer "spreading ulcer, cancerous tumor," from Latin cancer "malignant tumor," literally "crab" (see cancer); influenced in Middle English by Old North French cancre "canker, sore, abscess" (Old French chancre, Modern French chancre). The word was the common one for "cancer" until c.1700. Also used since 15c. of caterpillars and insect larvae that eat plant buds and leaves. As a verb from late 14c. Related: Cankered; cankerous. Canker blossom is recorded from 1580s.

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cankered in Medicine

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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cankered in the Bible

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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