from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To trade (something) in the black market.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective distributed or sold illicitly.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Traded on the black market.
  • adjective Contraband, bootleg or smuggled.
  • verb intransitive To participate in a black market.
  • verb transitive To sell in a black market.

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

  • adjective distributed or sold illicitly


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