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black spot

or blackspot

[blak spot for 1; blak spot for 2] /ˈblæk ˈspɒt for 1; ˈblæk ˌspɒt for 2/
Plant Pathology. a disease of plants, characterized by black spots on the fruit and foliage, twig lesions, defoliation, and rotting, caused by any of several fungi, as Diplocarpon rosae, or bacteria.
  1. a hazardous place in a road where accidents frequently occur.
  2. a dangerous area or place.
Origin of black spot
First recorded in 1885-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • You can always tell the milkman's pig by the black spot on its back.

  • Who tipped me the black spot the day we landed, and began this dance?

    Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson
  • In a minute, in the depression at the center, a black spot formed.

    Caybigan James Hopper
  • The third day Straightshaft saw a black spot in the distance.

    The Later Cave-Men Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
  • Its fore wings are brownish grey, crossed with zigzag darker lines, and having a black spot near the centre of the costal margin.

    Butterflies and Moths William S. Furneaux
  • He explained how he had timed the passage of the black spot.

    Myths and Marvels of Astronomy Richard A. Proctor
  • One black spot remained visible, and on it I centred my energies.

    Spinifex and Sand David W Carnegie
  • On its back was a black spot, visible among its white plumage.

    Stories of Animal Sagacity W.H.G. Kingston
  • They looked at the earth through the floor-light, but it was little more than visible—a black spot drowned in the solar rays.

    All Around the Moon Jules Verne
  • The black spot and the match-end (if there was any match-end) meant just nothing at all.

    Tom Slade on a Transport Percy Keese Fitzhugh
British Dictionary definitions for black spot

black spot

a place on a road where accidents frequently occur
any dangerous or difficult place
a disease of roses, Diplocarpon rosae, that causes circular black blotches on the leaves
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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