- 1A necrotic, fungal disease of apple and other trees that results in damage to the bark.More example sentences
- Activity in the citrus orchards of central Queensland has ground to a halt as the state calls for help to deal with the mammoth task of inspecting trees for the disease canker.
- It pays to be on the lookout for apple scab, canker and mildew, tackling any problems before they become deeply ingrained and hard to treat.
- Trees appear to resist bacterial canker but are very susceptible to fire blight.
- 1.1An open lesion in plant tissue caused by infection or injury.More example sentences
- In dry edible beans, anthracnose causes unsightly cankers on plant stems, pods, and seeds.
- As the infection progresses, trees undergo twig and branch dieback and develop stem cankers, which results in tree-death.
- He visits other chestnut trees, too, packing mud on their cankers and clipping flowers for use in breeding programs.
- 2.1 (also canker sore) North American A small ulcer of the mouth or lips.More example sentences
- This means that you swish the medicine around in your mouth, especially around your canker sore, for a few minutes before swallowing it.
- Call your doctor if your child's canker sore gets worse.
- When my husband was a little boy, the doctor told his mom he had a canker sore.
- 2.2 another term for thrush2 ( sense 2).
- 2.4 (also ear canker) Inflammation of the ear of a dog, cat, or rabbit, typically caused by a mite infestation.More example sentences
- Be sure to purchase ear canker powder as it has the additional benefit of helping to control canker and ear mites in your Shih Tzu.
- It promotes healing and dries up the inner ear canker as well as the external areas that may become sore and moist from the canker discharge.
- Ear mite or ear canker is a very common infection in most rabbitries and is economically important because of the loss of condition and poor reproductive performance that this infestation can cause.
- 2.5A malign and corrupting influence that is difficult to eradicate: [in singular]: racism remains a canker at the heart of the nationMore example sentences
- Now the big question is how to curb the canker of corruption and restore much needed probity in public life.
- ‘That is the canker in the heart of the Conservative Party and that is what sparked the trouble,’ he said
- For politicians, the overstayer issue is a bit of a canker.
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- 1 [no object] (Of woody plant tissue) become infected with canker: (as noun cankering) we found some cankering of the woodMore example sentences
- Stems may be girdled just above the soil line; tissue thus damaged may appear cracked or cankered.
- Many larger trees showed cankered boles and parasite-bloated boughs.
- Tiny black specks, which are reproductive bodies of the cane blight fungus, develop in the brown cankered bark.
- 2 [with object] (usually as adjective cankered) Infect with a pervasive and corrupting bitterness: he hated her with a cankered, shameful abhorrenceMore example sentences
- I mean, you know, irony's funny and all, but if all you do is make fun of other things, you get this kind of cankered, empty feeling.
- I'm a 37-year-old graduate student who's having the usual dating difficulties common among those of us who are old and grey and cankered.
- Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire.
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- It sows seeds of guilt and worthlessness in the child, fertile ground for cankerous depression to take root in the adult.
- He had inspected the dark labyrinth of the Old Brewery, tripping over the inert, inebriated bodies, peeking into miserable closets housing filthy mothers and cankerous children.
- Every August I determine to do this after I have harvested the fruit, and every year I get cold feet because the memory of the pears is so delicious that I cannot bear to lose them, cankerous or not.
Middle English (denoting a tumor): from Old French chancre, from Latin cancer 'crab' (see cancer).