from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various fungal or bacterial diseases of plants, resulting in small black spots on the leaves or on other parts.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A fungal disease among plants, particularly roses, that results in black spots on the leaves.
  • n. A section of roadway that has been designated as being particularly accident-prone.
  • n. A fictional judicial device among pirates, consisting of a black circle indicating condemnation.
  • n. The spot on a snooker table where the black ball is normally placed.

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

  • n. any of several fungous diseases of plants that produce small black spots on the plant


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  • First, he has drawn a black spot on Tyan-yu’s back, and this spot will grow and eat away Tyan-yu’s flesh just as it ate away our ancestor’s face before he died.”

    The Joy Luck Club

  • The station's sunshields activated; and on the telescope display, right at the edge of the artificial black spot marking Angelmass's position, Chandris could see the charred hull metal flowing like ash-filled water as Angelmass's tidal forces ripped apart its molecular structure.



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