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canker +‎ -ous


cankerous (comparative more cankerous, superlative most cankerous)

  1. Infected with canker; ulcerous.
  2. Causing canker; ulcerating.
    • 1846, Nathaniel Hawthorne, “The Hall of Fantasy”, in Mosses from an Old Manse:
      Hither may come the prisoner, escaping from his dark and narrow cell and cankerous chain, to breathe free air in this enchanted atmosphere.


  • 1843, William Youatt, John Stuart Skinner, The Horse:
    A pledget of tar should be dipped in the acid, and then firmly pressed on the cankerous surface.
  • 1861, Alfred Bate Richards, Croesus, King of Lydia:
    Twas cankerous envy framed his sour reply.