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black frost

intense cold without hoarfrost, causing vegetation to turn black.
Compare frost (def 2).
Origin of black frost
First recorded in 1700-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • "So am I," said she; and her voice nipped like a black frost.

    The Shadow of a Man E. W. Hornung
  • It looks as like a black frost as anything I ever saw in my life.

    The American Senator

    Anthony Trollope
  • A hard black frost was set in at the time, and the horses being “slape shod,” they were falling in every direction.

  • A black frost had set in, and one walking on the glen road could imagine that through the cracks in it he saw a loch glistening.

    The Little Minister J. M. Barrie
  • I only hope we shan't have a confounded 'black frost;' but we must take our chance of the weather.

  • When the woman that a man loves laughs at his moral enthusiasms, it is like a black frost on the delicate tips of budding trees.

    Pink and White Tyranny Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • My wrath went out like a gas-light before a black frost; my agonies again disappeared.

    Sheppard Lee, Vol. I (of 2) Robert Montgomery Bird
  • Now, then, the house's attention continued, but the expression of interest in the faces turned to a sort of black frost.

    Mark Twain's Speeches Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • It is known to tradition as the "great frost," the "hard frost," the "black frost," etc.

  • I had to keep my sense of humor under cover, just as you have to blanket garden-geraniums before the threat of a black frost.

    The Prairie Child Arthur Stringer
British Dictionary definitions for black frost

black frost

a frost without snow or rime that is severe enough to blacken vegetation
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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