1. Also called black quarter, symptomatic anthrax. Veterinary Pathology.
an infectious, often fatal disease of cattle and sheep, caused by the soil bacterium Clostridium chauvoei
and characterized by painful, gaseous swellings in the muscles, usually of the upper parts of the legs.
2. Plant Pathology. a.
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.
a swindler, especially in racing or gambling.
British Informal. a strikebreaker; scab.
verb (used with object), blacklegged, blacklegging. British Informal.
to replace (a worker) who is on strike.
to refuse to support (a union, union workers, or a strike).
to betray or deceive (a person or cause).
verb (used without object), blacklegged, blacklegging. 8.
British Informal. to return to work before a strike is settled.
Origin: 1715–25; black
; orig. of nonliteral senses unclear; cf. jackleg