• synonyms

black spot

or black·spot

[blak spot for 1; blak spot for 2]
  1. 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.
  2. British.
    1. a hazardous place in a road where accidents frequently occur.
    2. a dangerous area or place.
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Origin of black spot

First recorded in 1885–90
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Examples from the Web for black spot

Historical Examples of black spot

  • Alas, it is a well-spring, as we said, this black-spot; and will not tread down!

    The French Revolution

    Thomas Carlyle

  • They came from what in orthodox parlance was known as the "Smwtyn Du" the heretical "black-spot" in Wales.

    An Artilleryman's Diary

    Jenkin Lloyd Jones

British Dictionary definitions for black spot

black spot

  1. a place on a road where accidents frequently occur
  2. any dangerous or difficult place
  3. a disease of roses, Diplocarpon rosae, that causes circular black blotches on the leaves
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