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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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  • If they look in, they'll just take us for a black spot in the dark!

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • As we walked I noticed at the side of the road a black spot.

    Beasts, Men and Gods Ferdinand Ossendowski
  • There probably is some black spot in his life which has brought him good luck.

    The Nabob, Volume 1 (of 2) Alphonse Daudet
  • This is a black spot in the Dutch administration of affairs in Sumatra.

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

    Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson
  • But do you see what a black spot it looks, in the sunlighted wall?

  • But higher and higher arose the white cloud with the black spot in it.

    The Sand-Hills of Jutland Hans Christian Andersen
  • The third day Straightshaft saw a black spot in the distance.

    The Later Cave-Men Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
  • A black spot, the size of a baseball, had bounced mysteriously past him.

    Panther Eye Roy J. Snell
  • He explained how he had timed the passage of the black spot.

    Myths and Marvels of Astronomy Richard A. Proctor
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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