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blackleg

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noun black·leg \ˈblak-ˌleg, -ˌlāg\

Simple Definition of blackleg

  • : a person who works while other employees are on strike

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of blackleg

  1. 1 :  a usually fatal toxemia especially of young cattle caused by a soil bacterium (Clostridium chauvoei)

  2. 2 :  a cheating gambler :  swindler

  3. 3 chiefly British :  a worker hostile to trade unionism or acting in opposition to union policies :  scab

Circa 1722

First Known Use of blackleg

circa 1722


Medical Dictionary

blackleg

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noun black·leg \ˈblak-ˌleg, -ˌlāg\

Medical Definition of blackleg

  1. :  an enzootic usually fatal toxemia especially of young cattle caused by toxins produced by an anaerobic soil bacterium of the genus Clostridium (C. chauvoei synonym C. feseri)—called also , , , ; compare black disease, malignant edema




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