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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


Short "hint"

A spreading sore. Also: An area of dead tissue in a plant.

Usage examples (36)
  • The old oak tree had a huge canker on its side.
  • According to him, I was the canker in their midst
  • I didn't mean to, Bill, but it's like a friggin 'canker sore.
  • Probably the most common is the Aphthous Ulcer otherwise known as a canker sore. for more
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  • "Cancer" is a malignant growth in the body or a wicked, spreading action or idea, a "canker" is a sore in the mouth, while a "chancre" is an ulcer caused by venereal disease.
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