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(v. i.) To be or become diseased, or as if diseased, with canker; to grow corrupt; to become venomous.


(v. t.) To affect as a canker; to eat away; to corrode; to consume.


(v. t.) To infect or pollute; to corrupt.


(v. i.) To waste away, grow rusty, or be oxidized, as a mineral.


(n.) Anything which corrodes, corrupts, or destroy.


(n.) A corroding or sloughing ulcer; esp. a spreading gangrenous ulcer or collection of ulcers in or about the mouth; - called also water canker, canker of the mouth, and noma.


(n.) A kind of wild, worthless rose; the dog-rose.


(n.) 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.


(n.) A disease incident to trees, causing the bark to rot and fall off.

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Webster, Noah. Entry for 'Canker'. Noah Webster's American Dictionary. 1828.

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