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[blak-waw-ter, -wot-er] /ˈblækˌwɔ tər, -ˈwɒt ər/
noun, Pathology.
any of several human or animal diseases characterized by the production of dark urine as a result of the rapid breakdown of red blood cells.
Origin of blackwater
1790-1800; black + water Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He'll be dead of blackwater before many months, to judge by his eyes.'

    Prester John John Buchan
  • It overlooked the blackwater, and commanded an important pass.

    The Huguenots in France Samuel Smiles.
  • This time it was for the occasion when he had shown scornful blackwater that seven thousand dollars in bills.

    Wunpost Dane Coolidge
  • Sleep in blackwater to-night, in hopes of weather mending in the morning.

  • But our car has left Mallow far behind and is gliding onward by the side of the blackwater, whose course we follow for many miles.

    Wanderings in Ireland Michael Myers Shoemaker
blackwater in Science
Wastewater containing bodily or other biological wastes, as from toilets, dishwashers, or kitchen drains. Compare graywater.
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