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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj cankerous having an ulcer or canker
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Cankerous Affecting like a canker. "Canrerous shackles.""Misdeem it not a cankerous change."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • cankerous Of the nature of or resembling canker; corrosive; ulcerous; gangrenous: as, a cankerous sore or eruption.
    • cankerous Causing canker; chafing; corroding; ulcerating.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Cankerous corroding like a canker
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  • Charles Baudelaire
    “A frenzied passion for art is a canker that devours everything else.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. cancer, a crab, gangrene.


In literature:

Waste of life is the cankered rose.
"Lewis Rand" by Mary Johnston
Knowing what a stake it was I rode for, you may imagine how this day in durance ate into me like a canker.
"The Master of Appleby" by Francis Lynde
Now, all her heart to the little one goes; for, day upon day, As a rosebud in canker, she pales and pines, and the cough has its way.
"The Visions of England Lyrics on leading men and events in English History" by Francis T. Palgrave
The rift in the lute; the canker in the rose.
"Parrot & Co." by Harold MacGrath
Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire.
"Our Day" by W. A. Spicer
In her desperation, she tried to hold old Mr. Thorpe responsible for the fresh canker that gnawed at her soul.
"From the Housetops" by George Barr McCutcheon
On the briar which holds the jacket the canker rose, which was green in summer, is now rosy.
"Nature Near London" by Richard Jefferies
Ancestor worship has not yet set in as a canker in the fruit; that will come with the dead ripeness.
"The Mayor of Warwick" by Herbert M. Hopkins
If there is a canker of trouble on Khatka, then Lumbrilo is close to its root.
"Voodoo Planet" by Andrew North
Well, long suspense in any matter usually proves somewhat cankering, but God orders all things for us, and to His Will we must submit.
"Charlotte Bronte and Her Circle" by Clement K. Shorter
Indications of the long period the disease has been present in the trees themselves; such as bare weathered tops, and healed cankers.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the" by Various
She wished to think him a scion of a cankered tree, which would transfuse infection wherever it was engrafted.
"The Loyalists, Vol. 1-3" by Jane West
But the canker was at his heart.
"The Knickerbocker, or New-York Monthly Magazine, February 1844" by Various
Poor mamma has an old brass one now, which cankers her finger.
"The Rector of St. Mark's" by Mary J. Holmes
Disease lurked in the family like canker in a flower.
"Debit and Credit" by Gustav Freytag
Canker only growled the more sulkily.
"Under Fire" by Charles King
This longing for vengeance is in your heart like a deadly canker in a fair flower.
"Love Works Wonders" by Charlotte M. Brame
The trees are liable to canker in undrained soils or those of a hot sandy nature.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 3" by Various
The most cankerous conflict of the age might have been spared and the problems resulting therefrom less perplexing.
"Lincoln, the Politician" by T. Aaron Levy
Ten thousand times better this feeling than all the pomp my ambition longed for with the canker and the care.
"The Weird Sisters, Volume III (of 3)" by Richard Dowling

In poetry:

How cleanse a heart that is defiled?
God may forgive the sin,
But guilt is canker, and eats in;
Is tempest, bringing shipwreck wild:
Yet only as a little child
Shall man His kingdom win.
"Purified." by Lucy Larcom
No weariness of life made wise,
No canker in the youngling bud,
No lustre failing from our eyes,
Nor ardour paling in the blood!
Neither ever seemed less fair
To the other playing there.
"Early Love" by Roden Berkeley Wriothesley Noel
"You've bullied the weak, you've robbed the poor,
The starving brother you've turned from the door;
You've laid up gold where the canker rust,
And have given free vent to your beastly lust.
"Hellbound Train" by Anonymous Americas
Some heart that will echo response to my feeling,
That thrills with delight when I speak of my joy;
That sorrows with sorrow too deep for concealing,
When cankering griefs make my own heart's alloy.
"Kindred Spirits" by Jared Barhite
A wedge so slender at the start--
Just twenty slaves in shackles bound--
And yet, which split the land apart
With shrieks of war and battle sound,
Which pierced the nation's very heart,
And still lies cankering in the wound.
"Fragment" by James Weldon Johnson
Oh! wealth it makes the fool a sage, the knave an honest man,
And canker'd gray locks young again, if he has gear and lan';
To age maun beauty ope her arms, though wi' a tearfu' e'e;
O poverty! O poverty! that love should bow to thee.
"O Poverty!" by Alexander Hume

In news:

Although canker 's etiology is still not clear, Apprich cites a recently published study (Brandt 2010) describing certain similarities between canker and equine sarcoids.
In this study 25 horses diagnosed with canker also tested positive for bovine papillomavirus DNA, which can lead to sarcoid development.
Contributed photo Hypoxylon canker causes a thinning of crowns and sloughing of bark by trees.
Known as Caliciopsis pinea, state officials first identified the canker in New Hampshire in 1997 but said little is known about the disease.
Symptoms on young trees are cankers that appear slightly sunken and darker than other areas.
Cankers can girdle limbs or trunks.
Within two years of planting, growers are losing plum trees to rapid decline from girdling cankers .
If I feel a canker sore coming on, I put a wad of chopped sauerkraut on the area, hold it there for a minute, then chew and swallow.
Brought to you by Quantum, the makers of Canker Cover.
Is it a Canker Sore or Cold Sore.
Whereas the cause of canker sores remains a mystery, they affect ~20% of Americans at some point in their life.
The signs and symptoms of canker sores include painful sores in the mouth?on the tongue, on the soft palate, and inside the cheeks.
Jose Ramirez pulls down a poplar tree, one of many poplars that have been dying from canker disease, the rotting of the trees from the inside.
Treating Equine Canker with Topical Cisplatin Chemotherapy.
A canker from the bacteria Pseudomonas syringae has developed in this young cherry tree.