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black pit

noun, Plant Pathology.
1.
a disease of lemons, characterized by dark brown, sunken spots on the skin of the fruit, caused by a bacterium, Xanthomonas syringae.
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  • To look round the ship was to look into a bottomless, black pit.

    The Shadow-Line Joseph Conrad
  • It plunged down like a black pit, and its end could not be seen.

    Three Margarets Laura E. Richards
  • But it was not His meaning, to leave one of His own in that black pit of despair.

    Clare Avery Emily Sarah Holt
  • Back I fell in the black pit of despair, praying for death itself.

    Jane Journeys On Ruth Comfort Mitchell
  • The animals you have with you we will drive to the mountains and put into the black pit.

  • We have been cooped in this black pit a matter of three hours a'ready.

    Blackbeard: Buccaneer Ralph D. Paine
  • Kaliko swept up the pieces, but he did not throw them into the black pit.

  • A light also was trying to reach him as he lay at the bottom of this deep, black pit.

    Fighting the Sea Edward A. Rand
  • And He had let her fall, even with a prayer on her lips, into the black pit!

    Carmen Ariza Charles Francis Stocking
  • It seemed to yawn beneath him like a black pit as he descended.

    The Gadfly E. L. Voynich

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