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First published 1941 (SND Vol. II).
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CANCER, n.2 The burying beetle, “[so called] from the belief tht its bite produces that terrible disease [cancer]” (ne.Sc. 1881 W. Gregor Folk-Lore of N.-E. Scot. 147). Also used attrib. [′kɑnsər]Bch. 1928 (per Abd.15):
Aw canna bide that cancer golochs amon' the peat drush.

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