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Rusty vs. Canker

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Rustyadjective

Marked or corroded by rust.

Cankernoun

(plant disease) A plant disease marked by gradual decay.

Rustyadjective

Of the rust color, reddish or reddish-brown.

Cankernoun

A worm or grub that destroys plant buds or leaves; cankerworm.

Rustyadjective

Lacking recent experience, out of practice, especially with respect to a skill or activity.

Cankernoun

A corroding or sloughing ulcer; especially a spreading gangrenous ulcer or collection of ulcers in or about the mouth.

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Rustyadjective

Of clothing, especially dark clothing: worn, shabby.

Cankernoun

A kind of wild rose; the dog rose.

Rustyadjective

Discolored and rancid; reasty.

‘rusty bacon’;

Cankernoun

An obstinate and often incurable disease of a horse's foot, characterized by separation of the horny portion and the development of fungoid growths. Usually resulting from neglected thrush.

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Rustyadjective

Covered or affected with rust; as, a rusty knife or sword; rusty wheat.

Cankernoun

An avian disease affecting doves, poultry, parrots and birds of prey, caused by Trichomonas gallinae.

Rustyadjective

Impaired by inaction, disuse, or neglect.

‘[Hector,] in this dull and long-continued truce,Is rusty grown.’;

Cankerverb

(transitive) To affect as a canker; to eat away; to corrode; to consume.

Rustyadjective

Discolored and rancid; reasty; as, rusty bacon.

Cankerverb

(transitive) To infect or pollute; to corrupt.

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Rustyadjective

Surly; morose; crusty; sullen.

Cankerverb

(intransitive) To waste away, grow rusty, or be oxidized, as a mineral.

Rustyadjective

Rust-colored; dark.

Cankerverb

(intransitive) To be or become diseased, or as if diseased, with canker; to grow corrupt; to become venomous.

Rustyadjective

Discolored; stained; not cleanly kept; filthy.

‘The rusty little schooners that bring firewood from the British provinces.’;

Cankernoun

A corroding or sloughing ulcer; esp. a spreading gangrenous ulcer or collection of ulcers in or about the mouth; - called also water canker, canker of the mouth, and noma.

Rustyadjective

Resembling, or covered with a substance resembling, rust; affected with rust; rubiginous.

Cankernoun

Anything which corrodes, corrupts, or destroy.

‘The cankers of envy and faction.’;

Rustyadjective

covered with or consisting of rust;

‘a rusty machine’; ‘rusty deposits’;

Cankernoun

A kind of wild, worthless rose; the dog-rose.

‘To put down Richard, that sweet lovely rose.And plant this thorm, this canker, Bolingbroke.’;

Rustyadjective

ancient;

‘hoary jokes’;

Cankerverb

To affect as a canker; to eat away; to corrode; to consume.

‘No lapse of moons can canker Love.’;

Cankerverb

To infect or pollute; to corrupt.

‘A tithe purloined cankers the whole estate.’;

Cankerverb

To waste away, grow rusty, or be oxidized, as a mineral.

‘Silvering will sully and canker more than gliding.’;

Cankerverb

To be or become diseased, or as if diseased, with canker; to grow corrupt; to become venomous.

‘Deceit and cankered malice.’; ‘As with age his body uglier grows,So his mind cankers.’;

Cankernoun

an ulceration (especially of the lips or lining of the mouth)

Cankerverb

become infected with a canker

Cankerverb

infect with a canker

Cankernoun

an open lesion in plant tissue caused by infection or injury

‘check trees for cankers’;

Cankernoun

fungal rot in some fruits and vegetables, e.g. parsnips and tomatoes

‘canker is this crop's arch enemy’;

Cankernoun

an ulcerous condition or disease of a human or animal.

Cankernoun

a small ulcer of the mouth or lips

‘a remedy for canker sores’;

Cankernoun

another term for thrush (sense 2)

Cankernoun

ulceration of the throat and other orifices of birds, typically caused by a protozoal infection

‘secondary infections of canker and coccidiosis’;

Cankernoun

inflammation of the ear of a dog, cat, or rabbit, typically caused by a mite infestation.

Cankernoun

a malign and corrupting influence that is difficult to eradicate

‘racism remains a canker at the heart of the nation’;

Cankerverb

(of woody plant tissue) become infected with canker

‘we found some cankering of the wood’;

Cankerverb

infected with a pervasive and corrupting bitterness

‘he hated her with a cankered, shameful abhorrence’;

Canker

A plant canker is a small area of dead tissue, which grows slowly, often over years. Some cankers are of only minor consequence, but others are ultimately lethal and therefore of major economic importance in agriculture and horticulture.

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