• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Cankered Affected mentally or morally as with canker; sore, envenomed; malignant; fretful; ill-natured. "A cankered grandam's will."
    • Cankered Affected with canker; as, a cankered mouth.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • cankered Affected with canker; as, a cankered tree.
    • cankered Ill-natured; cross; crabbed; venomous; malignant; wicked.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Cankered corroded: venomous, malignant: soured: crabbed
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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:

Note exposed dead part of trunk showing old canker disease.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Thirty-Eighth Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
A companion who can well sympathise; for Jule, like herself, has a canker at the heart.
"The Death Shot" by Mayne Reid
What ails yon cankered fairy now?
"Janet's Love and Service" by Margaret M Robertson
Be thine the canker of the soul, That life yields nothing to control!
"Grace Darling" by Eva Hope
Canker of the foot is due to the rapid reproduction of a vegetable parasite.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
But he had one little fault, running like a canker through the otherwise healthy fruit of his heart.
"How It All Came Round" by L. T. Meade
The peculiar mottled appearance of the inner bark of the canker.
"Northern Nut Growers Association, Report of the Proceedings at the Third Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
If cure was to be achieved, the canker must be excised, boldly cut out, not overlaid merely by some trifle of partially concealing plaster.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
We can no longer afford to shut our eyes to the social canker in our midst.
"The New World of Islam" by Lothrop Stoddard
Your mind is cankered, or you never would have used that term.
"Japhet in Search of a Father" by Frederick Marryat

In poetry:

You forge no more—you fold no more
Your cankering chains about us;
We heed you not—we need you not,
But you can't do without us.
"A Chartist Chorus" by Ernest Jones
Thro' the shackle-canker'd dust,
Thro' the gyv'd soul, foul and dark
Force they, changeless Gods and just!
Up the bright eternal spark.
"The Helot" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
Leaping late and early,
Till under their bite and their tread
The swedes and the wheat and the barley
Lay cankered and trampled and dead.
"The Bad Squire" by Charles Kingsley
Gear i' the hert it's a canker fell:
Brithers, latna the siller ben!
Troth, gien ye du, I warn ye ye'll sell
The verra Maister or ever ye ken!
"Godly Ballants" by George MacDonald
When all the canker and the pride
Shall sink, and all the good in store
Will work and toil with us, and glide
Like Christ, among the lowly poor:
"Railway Dreamings" by Alexander Anderson
Ah ! 'tis in vain thy grief to hide
Beneath the garish veil of art ;
Through all the gilding coats of pride
I see the wreck'd and canker'd heart.
"At The Sight Of A Beautiful But Frail One" by Laura Sophia Temple

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.
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Is it a Canker Sore or Cold Sore.
It's Time for " Canker Sores 101".
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.