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

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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The first known use of black death was in 1755

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“Black death.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/black%20death. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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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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