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Main Entry: canĚker
Pronunciation: primarystresskaeng-kschwar
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English canker "spreading sore," from an early French dialect word cancre (same meaning), from Latin cancer "crab, cancer" --related to CANCER, CHANCRE --see Word History at CANCER
1 : an often spreading sore that eats into tissue
2 a : an area of dead tissue in a plant b : a plant disease marked by cankers
3 : any of various animal diseases marked especially by inflammation
- canĚkerĚous /primarystresskaeng-k(schwa-)rschwas/ adjective

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