canker Meaning, definition in Cambridge English Dictionary
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cankernoun

uk   /ˈkæŋ.kər/  us   /-kɚ/

canker noun (TREES)

[C or U] specialized biology a disease that attacks the wood of trees

canker noun (ANIMALS)

[U] specialized biology a disease affecting the ears and mouth of animals and humans

canker noun (EVIL)

[C usually singular] formal something evil that spreads through a person's mind, an organization, or a society: Poverty is a canker eating away at the heart of society.
Translations of “canker”
in Chinese (Traditional) 樹木, (樹木的)潰瘍病,枝枯病,根瘤病…
in Chinese (Simplified) 树木, (树木的)溃疡病,枝枯病,根瘤病…
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