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canker

noun

1 canker

A fungal disease of woody plants that causes localized damage to the bark.

Roget 663: bane, curse; evil etc. 619; hurtfulness etc. (badness) 649; painfulness etc. (cause of pain) 830; scourge ... show more

Roget 830: painfulness etc. adj.; trouble, care etc. (pain) 828; trial; affliction, infliction; blow, stroke, burden, ... show more

Roget 659: deterioration, debasement; wane, ebb; recession etc. 287; retrogradation etc. 283; decrease etc. 36.    ... show more

Dutch: geel



2 canker

An ulceration (especially of the lips or lining of the mouth).

synonym: canker sore.

Dutch: hoefkanker, noma, straalkanker

3 canker

A pernicious and malign influence that is hard to get rid of:
— According to him, I was the canker in their midst.

synonym: pestilence.

Roget 655: disease; illness, sickness etc. adj.; ailing &c.; all the ills that flesh is heir to" [Hamlet]; morbidity, morbosity; infirmity, ailment, indisposition; ... show more

verb

1 canker

Become infected with a canker.

2 canker

Infect with a canker.


adjective

Roget 659: unimproved etc. (improve) etc. 658; deteriorated etc. v.; altered, altered for the worse; injured etc. v.; ... show more

Moby thesaurus: abscess, adulterate, alloy, aposteme, bed sore, blain, blast, bleb, blight, blister, boil, break up, bubo, bulla, bunion, cancer, canker sore, carbuncle, chancre, chancroid ... show more.

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