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Feb 9, 2014
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Words from Harry Potter

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scud
resplendent
slipstream
heinous
sepulchral
higgledy-piggledy
canker

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canker

PRONUNCIATION:
(KANG-kuhr)

MEANING:
noun:1. A source of corruption or decay.
 2. Ulcerous sores in the mouth; also any of various diseases affecting animals and plants.
verb tr., intr.:1. To corrupt or to become corrupted.
 2. To infect with or be infected with canker.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Old English cancer (crab, tumor). Ultimately from the Indo-European root kar-/ker- (hard), which also gave us standard, cancer, and hard. Earliest documented use: 1384.

USAGE:
"And in your family, so in the world ... we shall cut away the canker that infects us until only those of the true blood remain."
J.K. Rowling; Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows; Bloomsbury; 2010.

See more usage examples of canker in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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