- 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.
Examples from the Web for blackleg
I released the blackleg, and he sat helpless in his chair, and glared at us.
You and your master are cheats, he says, and your master is a blackleg besides, he says.The Inspector-General|Nicolay Gogol
When Buck told about the blackleg incident his face darkened and he spoke for the first time.Shoe-Bar Stratton|Joseph Bushnell Ames
“I take your word,” said the blackleg, and he raised the box from the table, and rattled the dice again.
How can I see you throwing yourself away upon a roué—a blackleg—without uttering a word of warning?Molly Bawn|Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
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