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noun [countable/uncountable]     Cancer pronunciation in American English
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  1. one of the 12 signs of the Zodiac, represented by a crab (=sea animal with a hard shell). A Cancer or a Cancerian is someone born between June 22 and July 22 and is believed by some people to be influenced by this sign.

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