black spot


Definition of black spot

1 : any of several bacterial or fungal diseases of plants characterized by black spots or blotches especially on the leaves
2 chiefly British : a dangerous or troublesome place or area … Wisteria Lane has always been a major accident black spot.— Jane Simon

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Recent Examples on the Web Pure wolves have straighter tails that have a black spot (which marks a scent gland) on them. Washington Post, "Rescued wolves have a safe space in the Pennsylvania woods," 4 Feb. 2020 Telltale signs of a bed bugs could include small black spots indicating bed bug feces or nymph bed bugs in places such as mattress seams, bed frames and furniture, Orkin says. Elizabeth Depompei, Indianapolis Star, "Indianapolis jumped 5 spots on list of worst cities for bed bugs. Here's how to prevent them.," 15 Jan. 2020 Tell-tale signs of a bed bug introduction could include small black spots indicating bed bug feces or nymph bed bugs in places such as mattress seams, bed frames and furniture., "Cincinnati ranked as one of the top 10 cities for bed bugs," 13 Jan. 2020 Researchers at the University of Western Australia found that males of the nocturnal moth species have iridescent scales that make their black spots shape-shift depending on what angle they’re viewed at. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "These Nocturnal Moths Sparkle at Night," 3 Jan. 2020 The black spots may be from stinkbug stings, and the kernels that didn’t fill out properly were probably damaged by hickory shuckworms late in the season. Neil Sperry,, "Purpleheart will freeze back but regrow in your San Antonio garden come spring," 5 Dec. 2019 The message comes following claims from customers that their lipsticks contained what looked like mold, unidentified black spots, white hairs, or uneven texture. Aimee Simeon,, "Everything You Need To Know About The Jaclyn Hill Lipstick Drama," 15 June 2019 The reality star accessorized her look with a large black hat, a white wig with black spots on it, a fur shawl and a red cigarette holder. Helen Murphy,, "Paw-fection: Khloé Kardashian and Daughter True Dress Up as Cruella de Vil and a Tiny Dalmatian," 1 Nov. 2019 The breast is mostly white with smaller black spots. Ernie Cowan, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Ladder-backed woodpecker is fond of the desert," 19 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of black spot

1832, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Black spot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of black spot

British : a dangerous place or a place where a particular problem or difficulty is very common

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Medical Definition of black spot

: a spotting of frozen meat caused by an imperfect fungus of the genus Cladosporium (C. herbarum)

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