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


Medical Dictionary

black death

noun
variants: or

Black Death

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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