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black death

noun, often capitalized B&D

Definition of black death

  1. 1 :  plague 2b

  2. 2 :  a severe epidemic of plague and especially bubonic plague that occurred in Asia and Europe in the 14th century



Origin and Etymology of black death

from the black patches formed on the skin of its victims


First Known Use: 1758


Medical Dictionary

black death

noun

Medical Definition of black death

  1. :  plague 2; also :  a severe epidemic of plague and especially bubonic plague that occurred in Asia and Europe in the 14th century



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