black death

noun, often capitalized B&D

Definition of black death

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

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Opening up and breaking the silence is a start, because white silence is black death. Glamour, "Broken Harts, Episode 6: "Beautiful Black Boys"," 15 Jan. 2019 Unfortunately, the nation of 24 million has a point of infamy these days: The island nation is the site of the black death, the very same plague that decimated Europe many centuries ago. Angela Helm, The Root, "124 Dead in Outbreak of the Bubonic Plague in Madagascar (We Kid You Not)," 25 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of black death

1755, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for black death

from the black patches formed on the skin of its victims

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black death

noun
variants: or Black Death

Medical Definition of black death

: plague sense 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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