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  • proper n. 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A pestilence which ravaged Europe and Asia in the fourteenth century.
  • n. See Black death, in the Vocabulary.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the epidemic form of bubonic plague experienced during the Middle Ages when it killed nearly half the people of western Europe


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