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black frost

noun
1.
intense cold without hoarfrost, causing vegetation to turn black.
Compare frost (def 2).
Origin of black frost
1700-1710
1700-10
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  • It was bitterly cold—a sort of black frost; but Lavinia, wrapping herself up warmly, went out as soon as breakfast was over.

    Johnny Ludlow, Fifth Series Mrs. Henry Wood
  • It looks as like a black frost as anything I ever saw in my life.

    The American Senator Anthony Trollope
  • Now, then, the house's attention continued, but the expression of interest in the faces turned to a sort of black frost.

    Mark Twain's Speeches Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • A hard black frost was set in at the time, and the horses being “slape shod,” they were falling in every direction.

  • Octavius, noticing this movement, remarked that he thought there was going to be a black frost.

    Flamsted quarries Mary E. Waller
  • I only hope we shan't have a confounded 'black frost;' but we must take our chance of the weather.

  • The cold was the cold of the black frost—bitter, sharp as a sword, nigh unendurable.

  • When the woman that a man loves laughs at his moral enthusiasms, it is like a black frost on the delicate tips of budding trees.

    Pink and White Tyranny Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Now then the house's attention continued, but the expression of interest in the faces turned to a sort of black frost.

  • It is known to tradition as the "great frost," the "hard frost," the "black frost," etc.

British Dictionary definitions for black frost

black frost

noun
1.
a frost without snow or rime that is severe enough to blacken vegetation
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