- n. pathology, historical A pandemic outbreak (often attributed to bubonic plague) throughout Europe and most of Asia in the 14th century that killed nearly half the population of Europe and Asia.
GNU Webster's 1913
- A pestilence which ravaged Europe and Asia in the fourteenth century.
- n. See Black death, in the Vocabulary.
- n. the epidemic form of bubonic plague experienced during the Middle Ages when it killed nearly half the people of western Europe
“Obviously it had been built above the original village which the Black Death had wiped out; and built long before the days of gunpowder and cannon which made it a death-trap under any guns planted on this higher ridge.”
“Somehow Mundy managed to imply that the Black Death was a fairly recent disaster in those parts, if not actually within living memory.”
“The infantrymen also had a wide assortment of nonstandard weapons, such as captured Chinese AK-47s, civilian pistols like Killer's, and old-fashioned Thompson submachine guns and grease guns, both of which fired the fat slow .45 AGP slug, much better suited for jungle warfare than the MIG's light 5. 56-millimeter round (see "The Black Death ").”
“In 1348 the Black Death swept devastatingly over Euope, empting town and cloister.”
“The Black Death visited the bishopric under Gottfried II von Weitzenbeck (1342-62).”
“She didn't have any experience dealing with something that could whip through a village like turbocharged Black Death and peel a full-grown pony stallion like a banana.”
“During the days of the Black Death in the 13th Century, when entire villages were wiped out, when the death carts rumbled through the streets at night with the cry "Bring out your dead!" until there was no one left to bury them, there was much preoccupation with the macabre, many flirtations with death — skull-masked revelers danced nightly in the burial catacombs of Paris — but overall, the small wheel of daily life creaked along as usual.”
“But now there's another Black Death stalking the land, Babington thought.”
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