Definition of canker noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈkæŋkə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkæŋkər//
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  1. 1 [uncountable] a disease that destroys the wood of plants and trees
  2. 2 [uncountable] a disease that causes sore areas in the ears of animals, especially dogs and cats
  3. 3[countable] (literary) an evil or dangerous influence that spreads and affects people’s behaviour
  4. Word OriginMiddle English (denoting a tumour): from Old French chancre, from Latin cancer ‘crab’ (see cancer).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: canker

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