What is the meaning of canker?


  • A fungal disease of woody plants that causes localized damage to the bark.
  • An ulceration (especially of the lips or lining of the mouth.
  • A pernicious and malign influence that is hard to get rid of.
    • usage: "racism is a pestilence at the heart of the nation"; "according to him, I was the canker in their midst"


  • Become infected with a canker.
  • Infect with a canker. .
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APAWordNet. (2010). canker. Retrieved January 18, 2019, from http://smartdefine.org/canker/definitions/1325605
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