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black spot

or blackspot

[blak spot for 1; blak spot for 2] /ˈblæk ˈspɒt for 1; ˈblæk ˌspɒt for 2/
noun
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.
Origin of black spot
1885-1890
1885-90
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Examples from the Web for black spot
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  • You can always tell the milkman's pig by the black spot on its back.

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

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • In a minute, in the depression at the center, a black spot formed.

    Caybigan James Hopper
  • There probably is some black spot in his life which has brought him good luck.

    The Nabob, Volume 1 (of 2) Alphonse Daudet
  • Its fore wings are brownish grey, crossed with zigzag darker lines, and having a black spot near the centre of the costal margin.

    Butterflies and Moths William S. Furneaux
  • Who tipped me the black spot the day we landed, and began this dance?

    Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson
  • One black spot remained visible, and on it I centred my energies.

    Spinifex and Sand David W Carnegie
  • The third day Straightshaft saw a black spot in the distance.

    The Later Cave-Men Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
  • They looked at the earth through the floor-light, but it was little more than visible—a black spot drowned in the solar rays.

    All Around the Moon Jules Verne
  • 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

noun
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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