black·​wa·​ter | \ ˈblak-ˌwȯ-tər How to pronounce blackwater (audio) , -ˌwä- \

Definition of blackwater

: any of several diseases (such as blackwater fever) characterized by dark-colored urine

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Recent Examples on the Web Photo: Michael Short/Getty Images Rio Negro, South America At just over 430 navigable miles, the Rio Negro is the world's largest blackwater river, and forms the border between Colombia and Venezuela. Brynn Mannino, Woman's Day, "10 Extraordinary Rivers Around the World," 15 Oct. 2010 For those visiting the coast this week, Captain Bobby Abruscato reports good action on trout on Slick soft plastics worked on channel edges and points in the blackwater rivers on the west side of Mobile Bay. Joe Songer,, "What have you seen on your game or trail camera?," 6 Feb. 2018 In 2015, an American judge sentenced four former Blackwater security guards to lengthy prison terms for murdering 14 Iraqi civilians, including a nine-year-old boy. Sarah Jones, New Republic, "Why is The New York Times op-ed page publishing Erik Prince’s sales pitch for more mercenaries?," 30 Aug. 2017 Huge Conflict-of-Interest * Blackwater = Fire-Fighter? Noah Shachtman, WIRED, "Blackwater Preps for Hurricane Gustav," 31 Aug. 2008

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1732, in the meaning defined above

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“Blackwater.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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black·​wa·​ter | \ ˈblak-ˌwȯt-ər, -ˌwät- How to pronounce blackwater (audio) \

Medical Definition of blackwater

: any of several diseases (as blackwater fever or Texas fever) characterized by dark-colored urine

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