blackleg

play
noun black·leg \ˈblak-ˌleg, -ˌlāg\

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

First Known Use of blackleg

circa 1722


BLACKLEG Defined for English Language Learners

blackleg

play
noun

Definition of blackleg for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

blackleg

play
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 black quarter, quarter evil, quarter ill, symptomatic anthrax; compare black disease, malignant edema

Learn More about blackleg


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up blackleg? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to become worse as time passes

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Emoji Quiz

  • emoji-the-quiz
  • What phase of the moon is this: 🌖 ?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!