- a disease of cabbage and other cruciferous plants, characterized by dry, black lesions on the base of the stem, caused by a fungus, Phoma lingam.
- a disease of potatoes, characterized by wet, black lesions on the base of the stem, caused by a bacterium, Erwinia atroseptica.
verb (used with object), black·legged, black·leg·ging.British Informal.
verb (used without object), black·legged, black·leg·ging.
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Example sentences from the Web for blackleg
It wad be awfu' to hear folk cryin' 'Blackleg' after yir faither, wadna' it, Mysie?The Underworld|James C. Welsh
Is it to a house which displays the royal arms over the entrance-door men come to play blackleg or clown?Paul Gosslett's Confessions in Love, Law, and The Civil Service|Charles James Lever
Cards are also going all day long, and there is generally a Fancy-man—or blackleg—ready to oblige a friend.Lands of the Slave and the Free|Henry A. Murray
You and your master are cheats, he says, and your master is a blackleg besides, he says.The Inspector-General|Nicolay Gogol
I told my son to discharge that knave; a scoundrel, a blackleg, a gambler, who ought to be hanged.The Bath Keepers, v.1 (Novels of Paul de Kock Volume VII)|Charles Paul de Kock
British Dictionary definitions for blackleg
- a person who acts against the interests of a trade union, as by continuing to work during a strike or taking over a striker's job
- (as modifier)blackleg labour
- a fungal disease of cabbages and related plants caused by Phoma lingam, characterized by blackening and decay of the lower stems
- a similar disease of potatoes, caused by bacteria