a form of bubonic plague that spread over Europe in the 14th century and killed an estimated quarter of the population.
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Origin of Black Death
First recorded in 1815–25
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British Dictionary definitions for Black Death
the Black Death a form of bubonic plague pandemic in Europe and Asia during the 14th century, when it killed over 50 million peopleSee bubonic plague
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Medical definitions for Black Death
A form of bubonic plague, caused by Yersinia pestis, that was pandemic throughout Europe and much of Asia in the 14th century.
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Scientific definitions for Black Death
An epidemic of plague, especially its bubonic form, that occurred in outbreaks between 1347 and 1400. It originated in Asia and then swept through Europe, where it killed about a third of the population.
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Cultural definitions for Black Death
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