canker
I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French cancre, chancre, from Latin cancer crab, cancer Date: before 12th century 1. a. (1) an erosive or spreading sore (2) an area of necrosis in a plant; also a plant disease characterized by cankers b. any of various disorders of animals marked by chronic inflammatory changes 2. archaic a caterpillar destructive to plants 3. chiefly dialect rust 1 4. a source of corruption or debasement 5. chiefly dialect dog rosecankerous adjective II. verb (cankered; cankering) Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. obsolete to infect with a spreading sore 2. to corrupt the spirit of intransitive verb 1. to become infested with canker 2. to become corrupted

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