Associations to the word «Black»
BLACK, adjective. (of an object) Absorbing all light and reflecting none; dark and hueless.
BLACK, adjective. (of a place, etc) Without light.
BLACK, adjective. (sometimes capitalized) Of or relating to any of various ethnic groups having dark pigmentation of the skin.
BLACK, adjective. (chiefly historical) Designated for use by those ethnic groups which have dark pigmentation of the skin.
BLACK, adjective. Bad; evil; ill-omened.
BLACK, adjective. Expressing menace, or discontent; threatening; sullen.
BLACK, adjective. Illegitimate, illegal or disgraced.
BLACK, adjective. (Ireland) (informal) Overcrowded.
BLACK, adjective. (of coffee or tea) Without any cream, milk, or creamer.
BLACK, adjective. (board games) (chess) Of or relating to the playing pieces of a board game deemed to belong to the "black" set (in chess the set used by the player who moves second) (often regardless of the pieces' actual colour).
BLACK, adjective. (Germany) (politics) Related to the Christian Democratic Union.
BLACK, adjective. (secrecy) Relating to a initiative whose existence or exact nature must remain withheld from the general public.
BLACK, noun. The colour/color perceived in the absence of light.
BLACK, noun. A black dye or pigment.
BLACK, noun. A pen, pencil, crayon, etc., made of black pigment.
BLACK, noun. (in the plural) Black cloth hung up at funerals.
BLACK, noun. (sometimes capitalised) A person of African, Aborigine, or Maori descent; a dark-skinned person.
BLACK, noun. (billiards) (snooker) (pool) (with the) The black ball.
BLACK, noun. (baseball) The edge of home plate
BLACK, noun. (British) a type of firecracker that is really more dark brown in colour.
BLACK, noun. (informal) blackcurrant syrup (in mixed drinks, e.g. snakebite and black, cider and black).
BLACK, noun. In chess and similar games, the person playing with the black set of pieces.
BLACK, noun. Part of a thing which is distinguished from the rest by being black.
BLACK, noun. (obsolete) A stain; a spot.
BLACK, verb. To make black, to blacken.
BLACK, verb. To apply blacking to something.
BLACK, verb. (British) To boycott something or someone, usually as part of an industrial dispute.
BLACK, proper noun. A surname.
BLACK, adjective. Alternative letter-case form of black (of or relating to any of various ethnic groups having dark pigmentation of the skin)
BLACK ABALONE, noun. A black-shelled edible mollusc (Haliotis crachedorii), found off the North American Pacific coast.
BLACK ABALONES, noun. Plural of black abalone
BLACK ALDER, noun. (countable) (uncountable) A tree, Alnus glutinosa, of many practical uses, growing in moist circumstances in Europe.
BLACK ALDER, noun. (uncountable) Wood or other product of the tree.
BLACK ALDER, noun. American winterberry, Ilex verticillata.
BLACK ALDER WINTERBERRY, noun. A deciduous holly shrub, Ilex verticillata, native to eastern North America, growing best in moist circumstances.
BLACK ALDERS, noun. Plural of black alder
BLACK AMBER, noun. The mineral jet.
BLACK AND BLUE, adjective. (colloquial) (idiomatic) (of a person) Having obvious bruises of the skin, typically from falling or being hit or punched.
BLACK AND DECKER, noun. Any kind of electrical power tool
BLACK AND DECKERS, noun. Plural of Black and Decker
BLACK AND GOLD GARDEN SPIDER, noun. A North American garden spider
BLACK AND GOLD GARDEN SPIDERS, noun. Plural of black and gold garden spider
BLACK AND TAN, noun. A member of the RIC British irregular army group, operating against Irish republicans in the War of Independence 1920/21.
BLACK AND TAN, noun. (Ireland) A drink combining stout and ale.
BLACK AND TAN, noun. Any of various breeds of dog having black and tan colouring. [from 19th c.]
BLACK AND TAN, noun. (US slang) (now historical) A bar, nightclub etc. which had both black and white customers, especially which indluded black entertainers. [from 19th c.]
BLACK AND TAN, noun. (colloquial) An alcoholic drink made from a dark and a light malt, typically stout (black) and ale (tan). [from 19th c.]
BLACK AND TAN, noun. (in the plural) An armed force recruited to fight against Irish republican activity in Northern Ireland; see Black and Tans. [from 20th c.]
BLACK AND TANS, noun. Royal Irish Constabulary Reserve Force, which was one of two paramilitary forces employed by the Royal Irish Constabulary from 1920 to 1921, to suppress revolution in Ireland.
BLACK AND WHITE, noun. (US) (slang) (law enforcement) A 1970s police patrol car.
BLACK AND WHITE, noun. A type of giant cookie (about 8 inches diameter) with icing on the top side: half white, half dark chocolate.
BLACK AND WHITE, adjective. Alternative form of black-and-white (of an image, a video, etc: in black, white, and perhaps shades of grey, rather than in colour)
BLACK AND WHITE, adjective. (figuratively) Easily divided into diametrically opposing camps or schools of thought.
BLACK AND WHITE VILLAGE, noun. (UK) Any of several old English villages characterised by timbered and half-timbered houses with black oak beams and white walls.
BLACK AND WHITE VILLAGES, noun. Plural of black and white village
BLACK AND WHITE WARBLER, noun. A small North American bird, Mniotilta varia, that winters in Florida and Central America.
BLACK AND WHITE WARBLERS, noun. Plural of black and white warbler
BLACK ANGUS, noun. A breed of black, hornless cattle from Scotland
BLACK ANTIMONY, noun. The black sulfide of antimony, Sb2S3, used in pyrotechnics, etc.
BLACK ANTSHRIKE, noun. A passerine bird of the antbird family, Thamnophilus nigriceps.
BLACK ART, noun. A practice such as witchcraft, sorcery, necromancy, or black magic.
BLACK ART, noun. (figuratively) (by extension) A process that is mysterious or difficult to master.
BLACK ARTS, noun. Plural of black art
BLACK AS COAL, adjective. (simile) Completely black
BLACK AS NIGHT, adjective. (simile) Utterly black; pitch-black.
BLACK AS THUNDER, adjective. (simile) Very black (especially of a mood, a frown, etc.).
BLACK ASH, noun. Fraxinus nigra, a species of ash tree native to much of eastern Canada and the northeastern United States.
BLACK AURORA, noun. A type of aurora that exists at the top of the ionosphere, where electrons flow upward into space (unlike normal aurora, which involve downward flowing electrons), leaving deep cavities in the atmosphere, making blank spaces when regular aurora are seen, hence being "black" or non-luminous, but having the shape of aurora.
BLACK AURORAE, noun. Plural of black aurora Alternative form of black auroras
BLACK AURORAS, noun. Plural of black aurora Alternative form of black aurorae
BLACK BABIES, noun. (Ireland) (idiomatic) (potentially offensive) Third-world charities, the missions.
BLACK BAG, adjective. Alternative spelling of black-bag
BLACK BAG, noun. (British) A black plastic sack produced for the disposal of household waste.
BLACK BAG, noun. (chiefly US) The pouch or case traditionally carried by medical doctors, especially when making house calls, and containing medical instruments and supplies.
BLACK BAG, noun. A pouch or case containing burglary tools.
BLACK BAGS, noun. Plural of black bag
BLACK BASS, noun. Any fish of the genus Micropterus, such as the smallmouth bass (Micropterus dolomieu) or the largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides).
BLACK BEAN, noun. A bean plant with black seeds.
BLACK BEAN, noun. A dried seed of a black bean plant.
BLACK BEAN, noun. A dried black seed of certain varieties of the common bean, Phaseolus vulgaris.
BLACK BEAN, noun. A fermented soybean, used in Asian cooking.
BLACK BEAN, noun. An Australian tree (Castanospermum australe), also called Moreton Bay chestnut.
BLACK BEANS, noun. Plural of black bean
BLACK BEAR, noun. An American black bear, Ursus americanus, indigenous to North America.
BLACK BEAR, noun. An Asiatic black bear, Ursus thibetanus.
BLACK BEARS, noun. Plural of black bear
BLACK BEER, noun. A dark German lager beer.
BLACK BEETLE, noun. Used other than as an idiom: see black, beetle.
BLACK BEETLE, noun. The oriental cockroach, Blatta orientalis (a large roach from the family Blattidae).
BLACK BEETLE, noun. (NZ) Platyzosteria novae-zelandiae, a similar roach native to New Zealand.
BLACK BEETLE, noun. A common name for many species of beetle that are black in color, including:
BLACK BEETLE, noun. The African black beetle, Hetronychus arator, a serious pest of grasses in New Zealand.
BLACK BEETLE, noun. The Asiatic rhinoceros beetle, Oryctes rhinoceros, a pest of palm trees in tropical Asia.
BLACK BEETLE, noun. The European species Feronia nigrita.
BLACK BEETLES, noun. Plural of black beetle
BLACK BELT, noun. (martial arts) The highest belt colour in various martial arts.
BLACK BELT, noun. (martial arts) Someone who has attained a black belt
BLACK BELT, noun. (management) A senior manager who is expert in one of various management systems such as Six Sigma or DMAIC and acts in a project leader or mentor role.
BLACK BELT, noun. (US) (southern) A geographic region where the residents are predominantly or exclusively African-American.
BLACK BELTS, noun. Plural of black belt
BLACK BILE, noun. One of the four humours of ancient and mediaeval physiology, that was believed to be secreted by the kidneys and spleen and to cause melancholy and sadness when present in excess.
BLACK BIRCH, noun. A tree of the species Betula lenta, with a dark bark resembling a cherry tree's and an aromatic bark and sap used for birch beer.
BLACK BITCH, proper noun. The trick-taking card game hearts.
BLACK BLOC, noun. An affinity group of individuals, that come together during some sort of protest or demonstration, and wear all black, often engaging in violence and vandalism
BLACK BLOCS, noun. Plural of black bloc
BLACK BODIES, noun. Plural of black body
BLACK BODY, noun. (physics) Alternative form of blackbody
BLACK BODY, noun. Used in literal contexts: see black, body.
BLACK BOOK, noun. Any of several books or documents of a political character, published at different times and for different purposes; so called either from the colour of the binding, or from the character of the contents.
BLACK BOOK, noun. A book compiled in the twelfth century, containing a description of the court of exchequer of England, an official statement of the revenues of the crown, etc.
BLACK BOOK, noun. A book containing details of the enormities practiced in the English monasteries and religious houses, compiled by order of their visitors under Henry VIII, to hasten their dissolution.
BLACK BOOK, noun. A book of admiralty law, of the highest authority, compiled in the reign of Edward III.
BLACK BOOK, noun. A book kept for the purpose of registering the names of persons liable to censure or punishment, as in the English universities, or the English armies.
BLACK BOOK, noun. Any book dealing with necromancy.
BLACK BOTTOM PIE, noun. An American dessert pie with meringue, custard, and a bottom layer of chocolate cream.
BLACK BOTTOM PIES, noun. Plural of black bottom pie
BLACK BOX, noun. (aviation) Informal name for the brightly colored cockpit voice recorders and flight data recorders in an aircraft designed to aid in determining the cause of an accident.
BLACK BOX, noun. (transportation) by extension, any similar device on motor vehicles, such as rail event recorders and ship trip recorders
BLACK BOX, noun. A theoretical construct or device with known input and output characteristics but unknown method of operation.
BLACK BOX WARNING, noun. (US) A warning, surrounded by a black border, contained in prescription drugs to indicate that the drug may cause serious or life-threatening effects.
BLACK BOXES, noun. Plural of black box
BLACK BOY, noun. Alternative spelling of blackboy
BLACK BRYONY, noun. The plant Tamus communis.
BLACK BUDDHIST, noun. One who follows any of the various schools of Buddhism and who is of black or African descent.
BLACK BUDDHIST, noun. Any of the early communities that made statuary representations of the Buddha depicting what some have interpreted as black or African features.
BLACK BUDDHIST, noun. One who follows the modern Black Buddhist revivalist school of Buddhism.
BLACK BUDDHISTS, noun. Plural of Black Buddhist
BLACK CAB, noun. (British) A traditional "London"-style taxi; a hackney carriage
BLACK CAIMAN, noun. A large black carnivorous South American caiman (Melanosuchus niger).
BLACK CAKE, noun. A Caribbean fruitcake based on the English plum pudding, with plums and raisins soaked in rum.
BLACK CANKER, noun. A disease in turnips and other crops, produced by a species of caterpillar.
BLACK CARAWAY, noun. A Middle-Eastern spice plant related to buttercups, Nigella sativa, with dark black, aromatic seeds
BLACK CARAWAY, noun. (India) A spice plant related to caraway and cumin, with dark seeds and an edible root, Bunium bulbocastanum
BLACK CARD, noun. (fencing) The most severe of penalties, which results in the fencer being expelled from the match
BLACK CARD, noun. An expensive credit card that allows its users access to various luxuries.
BLACK CARDAMOM, noun. The Asiatic plant, Amomum subulatum, whose pods are used as a spice in Indian cuisine.
BLACK CARDS, noun. Plural of black card
BLACK CARP, noun. Mylopharyngodon piceus, a cyprinid fish native to East Asia, cultivated for food and traditional Chinese medicine.
BLACK CARPET BEETLE, noun. An oval shaped black beetle, Attagenus unicolor
BLACK CARPET BEETLES, noun. Plural of black carpet beetle
BLACK CAT, noun. (literally) A cat with black fur.
BLACK CAT, noun. A fisher, North American marten that has thick brown fur (Martes pennanti).
BLACK CAT, verb. (nautical slang) To do better than another in some respect.
BLACK CAT, noun. (soccer) someone connected with Sunderland Football Club, as a fan, player, coach etc.
BLACK CATTLE, noun. (UK) (dated) Any bovine cattle reared for slaughter, in distinction from dairy cattle.
BLACK CHALK, noun. A slaty bluish mineral; a variety of argillaceous slate.
BLACK CHAMBER, noun. (historical) (cryptography) (informal) A government or royal court's cryptanalyst department.
BLACK CHANTERELLE, noun. An edible mushroom
BLACK CHANTERELLE, noun. Craterellus cornucopioides
BLACK CHANTERELLE, noun. Polyozellus multiplex
BLACK CHANTERELLES, noun. Plural of black chanterelle
BLACK CHERRY, noun. Prunus serotina
BLACK CHOKEBERRIES, noun. Plural of black chokeberry
BLACK CHOKEBERRY, noun. Aronia melanocarpa, native to temperate and cool eastern North America.
BLACK COAL, noun. High quality coal
BLACK COAL, noun. (non technical) coal
BLACK COALS, noun. Plural of black coal
BLACK COCK, noun. (Scotland) (Wales) (Northern England) the black grouse.
BLACK COCKATOO, noun. Any of various species of Australian cockatoo of the genus Calyptothyncus having mainly black plumage; sometimes also the great black cockatoo, Probosciger aterrimus.
BLACK COCKATOOS, noun. Plural of black cockatoo
BLACK COCKS, noun. Plural of black cock
BLACK COFFEE, noun. Coffee served as a beverage without cream or milk.
BLACK COFFEES, noun. Plural of black coffee
BLACK COHOSH, noun. A smooth herb, Actaea racemosa, marketed for medicinal use.
BLACK COMEDY, noun. Alternative form of black humor
BLACK COMEDY, noun. A film genre that uses black humor.
BLACK COPPER, noun. (mineral) A mineral form of cupric oxide
BLACK CORAL, noun. Any of various tropical corals of the family Antipathidae
BLACK COUNTRY, proper noun. Area in the West Midlands of England, birthplace of the Industrial Revolution.
BLACK CUMIN, noun. A spice plant with aromatic seeds (Nigella sativa).
BLACK CUMIN, noun. A spice plant related to cumin with dark seeds and an edible root (Bunium bulbocastanum).
BLACK CUMIN, noun. A cultivated variety of cumin (Cuminum cyminum).
BLACK CURRANT, noun. Alternative spelling of blackcurrant
BLACK DEATH, proper noun. (disease) (historical) A pandemic outbreak (often attributed to bubonic plague) throughout Europe and most of Asia in the 14th century that killed nearly half the population of Europe and Asia.
BLACK DIAMOND, noun. Hematite
BLACK DIAMOND, noun. Anthracite
BLACK DIAMOND, noun. Carbonado, a natural diamond that is black in colour
BLACK DIAMOND, noun. A black synthetic diamond, specifically a CVD polycrystalline diamond or HPHT polycrystalline compact diamond.
BLACK DIAMOND, noun. Boron carbide
BLACK DIAMOND, noun. (South Africa) (derogatory) A member of the new affluent black middle class in South Africa, characterised by conspicuous consumption.
BLACK DIAMOND, noun. (skiing) A symbol representing a steep and relatively difficult trail, typically 40% gradient or above.
BLACK DIAMONDS, noun. Plural of black diamond
BLACK DITCH, proper noun. The Taiwan Strait.
BLACK DOG, proper noun. Depression
BLACK DOG SYNDROME, noun. A disputed phenomenon in which black dogs tend to be passed over for adoption in favor of lighter-colored animals, perhaps because of superstition or the belief that they are more aggressive.
BLACK DRAUGHT, noun. A cathartic medicine composed of senna and magnesia.
BLACK DRINK, noun. A tea-like drink made by Native Americans, and then by others, having exhilarant and diuretic properties. It is thought to have been brewed with Ilex vomitoria (yaupon) or Ilex cassine leaves, although this is not certain.
BLACK DRINKS, noun. (rare) plural of black drink
BLACK DROP, noun. (medicine) (historical) A narcotic preparation consisting essentially of a solution of opium in vinegar.
BLACK DROP EFFECT, noun. (astronomy) An optical effect, occurring during the transit of an object in front of the Sun, by which light is bent around the object, causing it to look stretched out
BLACK DURGON, noun. Melichthys niger, a triggerfish with bright white lines running along its dorsal and anal fins.
BLACK DURGONS, noun. Plural of black durgon
BLACK DWARF, noun. (astronomy) a hypothesized white dwarf that has cooled down and no longer emits visible light
BLACK DWARFS, noun. Plural of black dwarf
BLACK EARTH, noun. Chernozem
BLACK ECONOMY, noun. (economics) A sector of a nation's economy that is illegally undocumented due to cash payments or tax avoidance
BLACK ENGLISH, proper noun. Synonym of African American Vernacular English.
BLACK ENGLISH VERNACULAR, proper noun. Synonym of African American Vernacular English.
BLACK EYE, noun. An eye which has been bruised showing noticeable hematoma, especially after receiving a blow.
BLACK EYE, noun. A defeat.
BLACK EYE, noun. Damage to a reputation.
BLACK EYED SUSAN, noun. Rudbeckia hirta.
BLACK EYED SUSAN, noun. Certain other members of the genus Rudbeckia.
BLACK EYED SUSAN, noun. Hibiscus trionum in the family Malvaceae.
BLACK EYED SUSAN, noun. The black-eyed Susan vine, Thunbergia alata, in the family Acanthaceae.
BLACK EYED SUSAN, noun. Some members of the Australian plant genus Tetratheca, particularly Tetratheca hirsuta, members of the Elaeocarpaceae family
BLACK EYES, noun. Plural of black eye
BLACK FAX, noun. A prank fax transmission whose pages are entirely filled with a uniform black tone, so as to waste the ink of the recipient.
BLACK FAXES, noun. Plural of black fax
BLACK FEVER, noun. Visceral leishmaniasis
BLACK FINGER CRAB, noun. Synonym of reef crab.
BLACK FINGER CRABS, noun. Plural of black finger crab
BLACK FLAG, noun. A flag with a black color, used as a symbol of anarchism.
BLACK FLAGS, noun. Plural of black flag
BLACK FLUX, noun. A mixture of potassium carbonate and charcoal, obtained by deflagrating tartar with half its weight of niter.
BLACK FLY, noun. Alternative spelling of blackfly
BLACK FOREST, proper noun. A large forest and mountain range in southwestern Germany.
BLACK FOREST CAKE, noun. A Black Forest gâteau
BLACK FOREST GÂTEAU, noun. A type of gâteau consisting of a rich chocolate sponge topped with cream and cherries.
BLACK FOREST GATEAU, noun. Alternative spelling of Black Forest gâteau
BLACK FOREST GÂTEAUS, noun. Plural of Black Forest gâteau
BLACK FOREST GATEAUS, noun. Plural of Black Forest gateau
BLACK FOREST GÂTEAUX, noun. Plural of Black Forest gâteau
BLACK FOREST GATEAUX, noun. Plural of Black Forest gateau
BLACK FRIAR, noun. A member of the religious order of the Dominicans.
BLACK FRIARS, noun. Plural of black friar
BLACK FRIARS, noun. The religious order of the Dominicans.
BLACK FRIDAY, noun. A Friday falling on the 13th day of the month (and therefore doubly ill-omened).
BLACK FRIDAY, noun. Any Friday actually darkened by catastrophe.
BLACK FRIDAY, noun. The anniversary of a number of catastrophic or unfortunate historical events originally occurring on a Friday.
BLACK FRIDAY, noun. (possibly obsolete) Good Friday.
BLACK FRIDAY, proper noun. (US) (Canada) (business) (retailing) The day after U.S. Thanksgiving Day, generally regarded as the first day of the Christmas season, and the busiest shopping day of the year. Observed in the U.S. and, more recently, Canada. (This usage may also very possibly originate in Etymology 1)
BLACK FRIDAY, proper noun. By extension, the sales period involving heavy price reductions immediately following U.S. Thanksgiving Day, from Friday (the original Black Friday) through Monday (Cyber Monday).
BLACK FRIDAYS, noun. Plural of Black Friday
BLACK FROST, noun. Cold so intense as to freeze vegetation and turn it black, without the formation of hoarfrost.
BLACK GAME, noun. (Scotland) (Wales) (Northern England) the black grouse.
BLACK GARDEN ANT, noun. A small (3mm to 5 mm) species of ant common in Europe, Lasius niger.
BLACK GOLD, noun. (informal) (idiomatic) petroleum
BLACK GROUSE, noun. A large, black bird with a lyre-shaped tail, Lyrurus tetrix (syn. Tetrao tetrix).
BLACK GROUSES, noun. Plural of black grouse
BLACK GUILLEMOT, noun. A seabird, Cepphus grylle, of the auk family (Alcidae)
BLACK GUILLEMOTS, noun. Plural of black guillemot
BLACK GUM, noun. Used other than as an idiom: see black, gum.
BLACK GUM, noun. A tree native to eastern North America, Nyssa sylvatica.
BLACK GUMS, noun. Plural of black gum
BLACK HAIRSTREAK, noun. A brown butterfly, Satyrium pruni, of the family Lycaenidae
BLACK HAIRSTREAKS, noun. Plural of black hairstreak
BLACK HAND, proper noun. A type of extortion racket, typically involving sending a letter demanding that the victim leave a sum of money in an agreed location to avert a threatened kidnap, arson, murder, etc.
BLACK HAT, noun. A villain or bad guy in a story, especially in a Western (a film or other work of the Western genre).
BLACK HAT, noun. (Can we clean up() this sense?) (computing) (slang) A malicious hacker who commits illegal acts.
BLACK HAT, noun. A Haredi Jew; a member of an ultra-Orthodox Jewish community.
BLACK HATS, noun. Plural of black hat
BLACK HAW, noun. One of several woody plants of a few species, especially of Viburnum, all native to North America:
BLACK HAW, noun. Sideroxylon lanuginosum, also native to Mexico.
BLACK HAW, noun. Viburnum lentago.
BLACK HAW, noun. Viburnum prunifolium.
BLACK HAW, noun. Viburnum rufidulum (rusty blackhaw).
BLACK HAW VIBURNUM, noun. Viburnum prunifolium, native to eastern and east south central United States.
BLACK HELLEBORE, noun. A poisonous and medicinal plant, Helleborus niger.
BLACK HELLEBORE, noun. Another similarly poisonous and medicinal plant, the black false hellebore, Veratrum nigrum.
BLACK HELLEBORES, noun. Plural of black hellebore
BLACK HOG, noun. (UK) (historical) (obsolete slang) The Irish shilling of 13 pence, as opposed to the English 'white hog' shilling of 12 pence
BLACK HOGS, noun. Plural of black hog
BLACK HOLE, noun. A gravitationally domineering celestial body with an event horizon from which even light cannot escape; the most dense material in the universe, condensed into a singularity, usually formed by a collapsing massive star.
BLACK HOLE, noun. (figuratively) A void into which things disappear and/or from which nothing emerges.
BLACK HOLE, noun. A sphere of influence into which or from which communication or similar activity is precluded.
BLACK HOLE, noun. An entity which consumes time or resources without demonstrable utility.
BLACK HOLE, noun. A dungeon or dark cell in a prison; a military lock-up or guardroom.
BLACK HOLES, noun. Plural of black hole
BLACK HOREHOUND, noun. The plant Ballota nigra possessing a disagreeable odor. Traditionally used as a medicinal herb as an antispasmodic, stimulant and vermifuge.
BLACK HUMOR, noun. (uncountable) A subgenre of comedy and satire that deals with subjects that are believed to be serious or volatile, such as death, divorce, drug abuse, etc.
BLACK HUMOUR, noun. Alternative spelling of black humor
BLACK IBIS, noun. Pseudibis papillosa, an ibis found in parts of the Indian Subcontinent.
BLACK ICE, noun. A smooth, barely visible, and dangerously slippery film of ice, usually over a dark surface, such as rock or pavement.
BLACK INFORMATION, noun. (finance) data showing that somebody is uncreditworthy
BLACK IRISH, noun. (chiefly US) Any dark-haired person of Irish or mixed Irish descent.
BLACK ISLE, proper noun. The large peninsula directly north of Inverness in Scotland's Highland district.
BLACK IVORY, noun. (historical) (euphemism) black slaves, regarded as cargo in the slave trade
BLACK JACK, noun. Alternative spelling of blackjack
BLACK JACK, noun. Caranx lugubris, a gamefish
BLACK JACK, noun. Bidens spp., from the family of Asteraceae
BLACK JACK, noun. A blackjack oak, Quercus marilandica, a small tree
BLACK JACK, noun. Sphalerite, a mineral sometimes called black-jack by miners
BLACK JAUNDICE, noun. Leptospirosis
BLACK KITE, noun. A species of kite, Milvus migrans.
BLACK KITES, noun. Plural of black kite
BLACK KNIGHT, noun. (fiction) a villain, an evil character
BLACK KNIGHTS, noun. Plural of black knight
BLACK LATTEN, noun. Brass in milled sheets, composed of copper and zinc, used by braziers, and for drawing into wire
BLACK LAW, noun. (US) Any one of a series of laws, passed before the American Civil War, sharply discriminating against free negroes who wished to emigrate to a northern state and become citizens thereof.
BLACK LAWS, noun. Plural of Black Law
BLACK LEAD, noun. Synonym of graphite. (one of the allotropes of carbon)
BLACK LEGEND, proper noun. The depiction of Spain and Spaniards (or, by extension, all Hispanics and their countries of origin) as bloodthirsty and cruel, greedy and fanatical.
BLACK LETTER, noun. (typography) A Northern European style of type, with contrasting thick-and-thin, angular strokes forming upright letterforms, and usually set with a dark typographic colour on the page.
BLACK LETTER, noun. Text set in black-letter type.
BLACK LETTER, noun. (legal) The basic standard elements for a particular field of law, which are generally known and free from doubt or dispute.
BLACK LETTERS, noun. Plural of black letter
BLACK LIGHT, noun. Light bulb that emits ultraviolet light, usually used to create the illusion that anything white is glowing.
BLACK LIGHTS, noun. Plural of black light
BLACK LOCUST, noun. A tree, Robinia pseudoacacia, in the subfamily Faboideae of the pea family Fabaceae, native to the southeastern United States, but widely planted and naturalized elsewhere in temperate North America, Europe and Asia; considered an invasive species in some areas.
BLACK LOCUSTS, noun. Plural of black locust
BLACK LUNG, noun. (disease) The chronic disease of the lungs, pneumoconiosis, caused by the long-term inhalation of coal dust.
BLACK MAGIC, noun. (idiomatic) Magic derived from evil forces, as distinct from good or benign forces; or magic performed with the intention of doing harm.
BLACK MAGICK, noun. (Wicca) Any magick used for evil purposes
BLACK MAMBA, noun. A large venomous snake found in Africa, taxonomic name Dendroaspis polylepis, which ranges in color from green to gray.
BLACK MAMBAS, noun. Plural of black mamba
BLACK MAN, noun. Used other than as an idiom: see black, man.
BLACK MAN, noun. A (male) member of an ethnic group having dark pigmentation of the skin, typically of sub-Saharan African descent.
BLACK MAN, noun. (usually with the) Black people collectively; black culture.
BLACK MAN, noun. (now rare) An evil spirit, a demon.
BLACK MANGANESE, noun. The black oxide of manganese, MnO2.
BLACK MANGROVE, noun. A tree or woody shrub common in swampy salt-water areas along the Atlantic tropical coasts of Africa and South America, extending north into the Pacific tropics, and into the Gulf Coast and South Florida in North America, Avicennia germinans
BLACK MANGROVES, noun. Plural of black mangrove
BLACK MAPLE, noun. A variety of maple tree of eastern North America, Acer nigrum, closely related to the sugar maple, but with a darker bark and three-lobed leaves.
BLACK MARIA, noun. (slang) A police van for transporting prisoners.
BLACK MARIAS, noun. Plural of Black Maria
BLACK MARK, noun. (idiomatic) something that negatively affects someone's reputation
BLACK MARKET, noun. Trade that is in violation of restrictions, rationing or price controls
BLACK MARKET, noun. The people who engage in such trade (considered as a group), or that sector of the economy
BLACK MARKETEER, noun. Someone selling black market goods or trading on the black market
BLACK MARKETEERS, noun. Plural of black marketeer
BLACK MARKETS, noun. Plural of black market
BLACK MEN, noun. Plural of black man
BLACK METAL, noun. Iron, or similar metals worked by a blacksmith
BLACK METAL, noun. (music) A subgenre of heavy metal employing fast tempos, shrieked vocals, highly distorted guitars, double-kick drumming and unconventional song structure, often emphasizing antireligious and misanthropic themes.
BLACK METAL, noun. (music) (dated) (1980s and early 1990s) Any form of extreme metal having a Satanic or anti-Christian theme.
BLACK METALLER, noun. A fan of black metal music.
BLACK MONK, noun. A Benedictine monk; one of the Order of Saint Benedict.
BLACK MOSS, noun. Any of numerous species of dark-coloured mosses (Bryophyta), possibly species of the genera Grimmia, Andreaea, Syntrichia, Cinclidotus.
BLACK MOSS, noun. Tillandsia usneoides (Spanish moss), a flowering plant, particularly after it has been dried for use as stuffing and decoration.
BLACK MOSS, noun. Nostoc flagelliforme (fat choy), a terrestrial cyanobacterium eaten in Chinese cuisine.
BLACK MOSS, noun. (US) Bryoria fremontii (wila), a lichen eaten by First Peoples in North America.
BLACK MULBERRIES, noun. Plural of black mulberry
BLACK MULBERRY, noun. A species of mulberry (Morus nigra), a small deciduous tree growing to 10–13 m tall and native to southwestern Asia.
BLACK MULBERRY, noun. The edible fruit of this tree.
BLACK MUSLIM, noun. A member of an African-American religious movement with political overtones; either of the Nation of Islam or the American Muslim Mission (open to all races)
BLACK MUSLIMS, noun. Plural of Black Muslim
BLACK NIGHTSHADE, noun. A Eurasian species of nightshade with black berries, Solanum nigrum..
BLACK NIGHTSHADE, noun. Other similar members of a group of closely-related species referred to as the Solanum nigrum complex:
BLACK NIGHTSHADE, noun. Solanum americanum
BLACK NIGHTSHADE, noun. Solanum douglasii
BLACK NIGHTSHADE, noun. Solanum ptychanthum
BLACK NIGHTSHADES, noun. Plural of black nightshade
BLACK NOISE, noun. Technical silence. Noise that has a frequency spectrum of predominantly zero power level over all frequencies except for a few narrow bands or spikes.
BLACK NOTE, noun. (music) Any of the notes (flats and sharps) produced by the black keys on a piano or similar keyed instrument.
BLACK OAK, noun. (usually countable) An oak tree, Quercus velutina, native to eastern North America.
BLACK OAKS, noun. Plural of black oak
BLACK OLIVE, noun. An olive picked after it has ripened; as opposed to a green olive which is picked before ripening.
BLACK OLIVES, noun. Plural of black olive
BLACK OP, noun. (informal) black operation
BLACK OPERATION, noun. A covert operation typically involving activities that are highly clandestine and outside of standard military protocol.
BLACK OPERATIONS, noun. Plural of black operation
BLACK OPS, noun. Plural of black op
BLACK OUT, verb. (transitive) To censor or cover up by writing over with black ink.
BLACK OUT, verb. (transitive) (figuratively) To censor or cover up.
BLACK OUT, verb. (idiomatic) (intransitive) To lose consciousness; to suffer a blackout.
BLACK OUT, verb. (transitive) To make dark.
BLACK OVEN, noun. A traditional direct-fired masonry oven.
BLACK OVENS, noun. Plural of black oven
BLACK PANTHER, noun. (historical) (politics) A member of the Black Panther Party, a revolutionary black nationalist and socialist organization active in the United States from 1966 until 1982.
BLACK PEPPER, noun. The plant Piper nigrum.
BLACK PEPPER, noun. The dried, unripe berries (peppercorns) of the Piper nigrum plant which are commonly used as a spice and seasoning. They are either used whole, or in a ground or crushed form.
BLACK PETE, proper noun. Black Peter.
BLACK PETER, proper noun. Companion of Saint Nicholas in Dutch folklore.
BLACK PHOSPHORUS, noun. (chemistry) The least reactive of the allotropes of phosphorus; it has no significant commercial use.
BLACK PINE, noun. A pine tree, genus Pinus, of darker foliage than most other species
BLACK PINE, noun. European black pine, Pinus nigra
BLACK PINE, noun. Japanese black pine, Pinus thunbergii
BLACK PINE, noun. Jeffrey pine, Pinus jeffreyi
BLACK PINE, noun. Other similar conifers
BLACK PINE, noun. Prumnopitys taxifolia, matai, a New Zealand conifer.
BLACK PINE, noun. Prumnopitys ferruginea, miro, also a New Zealand conifer.
BLACK PINE, noun. (uncountable) The wood of such trees
BLACK PINE, noun. (uncountable) Neorhodomela larix, a species of red algae found in intertidal areas of the North Pacific
BLACK PLAGUE, proper noun. Alternative name for the Black Death.
BLACK PLATE, noun. Sheet iron before it is tinned
BLACK POPE, noun. (usually considered derogatory) The Superior General of the Society of Jesus.
BLACK POWDER, noun. A simple form of gunpowder, consisting of a mixture of saltpetre, charcoal, and sulfur
BLACK PROPAGANDA, noun. False or unverified propaganda, especially appearing to come from an enemy's own sources; disinformation.
BLACK PUDDING, noun. A sausage, made from pork blood, oats and spices; eaten at breakfast and combined in starters and salads.
BLACK PUDDINGS, noun. Plural of black pudding
BLACK QUARTER, noun. Malignant anthrax with engorgement of a shoulder or quarter, etc., as of an ox
BLACK QUEEN CELL VIRUS, noun. A viral disease of bees, causing the queen larva to turn black and die.
BLACK RAIN, noun. Rain contaminated by fungi spores, soot, or other particulate matter
BLACK RAIN, noun. Radioactive rain that fell on Hiroshima and Nagasaki following the atomic bombings of 1945
BLACK RASPBERRIES, noun. Plural of black raspberry
BLACK RASPBERRY, noun. A plant belonging to either of two closely related species, Rubus leucodermis or Rubus occidentalis, both native to North America.
BLACK RASPBERRY, noun. Rubus coreanus, native to Korea, Japan, and China
BLACK RASPBERRY, noun. The fruit of any of these species.
BLACK RAT, noun. A common species of rat, Rattus rattus.
BLACK RATS, noun. Plural of black rat
BLACK REDSTART, noun. A small passerine bird, Phoenicurus ochruros, from south and central Europe
BLACK REDSTARTS, noun. Plural of black redstart
BLACK RENT, noun. (dated) blackmail (rent paid in corn, meat, or the lowest coin)
BLACK RHINO, noun. Short for black rhinoceros.
BLACK RHINOCEROS, noun. A species of rhinoceros, Diceros bicornis, in the family Rhinocerotidae.
BLACK RHINOCEROSES, noun. Plural of black rhinoceros
BLACK RHINOCEROTES, noun. Plural of black rhinoceros
BLACK RIDER, noun. (idiomatic) another name for "Famine", one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
BLACK ROD, noun. Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod
BLACK ROD, noun. An usher in the legislature of British colonies.
BLACK ROT, noun. A disease of grapevines, attacking the leaves and fruit, caused by the fungus Laestadia bidwellii.
BLACK RUSSIA, proper noun. (historical) A former principality in Eastern Europe.
BLACK RUSSIAN, noun. A cocktail containing vodka and a coffee-flavoured liqueur such as Kahlua.
BLACK RUSSIAN, noun. Used other than as an idiom: see Black, Russian. (Afro-Russian)
BLACK RUSSIANS, noun. Plural of Black Russian
BLACK RUST, noun. A disease of wheat, in which a black, moist substance is deposited in the fissures of the grain.
BLACK SALSIFY, noun. A perennial member of the sunflower family (Asteraceae), cultivated as a root vegetable; Scorzonera hispanica.
BLACK SALTS, noun. Crude potash.
BLACK SALVE, noun. An escharotic based on bloodroot extract which is used as an alternative cancer treatment.
BLACK SANCTIS, noun. Alternative form of black sanctus
BLACK SANCTUS, noun. Parody of a song
BLACK SANCTUS, noun. The sounds of dialogue consisting of complaints and expressions of contempt, especially said of a spouse
BLACK SANCTUS, noun. A sudden tangential outburst of obscenities
BLACK SANCTUSES, noun. Plural of black sanctus
BLACK SANTIS, noun. Alternative form of black sanctus
BLACK SANTOS, noun. Alternative form of black sanctus
BLACK SCABBARDFISH, noun. A North Atlantic fish of the cutlassfish family Trichiuridae with an extremely elongated, eel-like body, Aphanopus carbo.
BLACK SEA, proper noun. An inland sea between southeastern Europe, Caucasus and Asia Minor
BLACK SHALE, noun. (geology) A dark, muddy rock, rich in sulfides and organic material.
BLACK SHEEP, noun. Used other than as an idiom: see black, sheep.
BLACK SHEEP, noun. (idiomatic) a nonconformist; an unusual or unconventional person
BLACK SHEEP, noun. (idiomatic) a disliked person; one who is disfavored
BLACK SIGATOKA, noun. A leaf spot disease of banana plants, caused by the ascomycete fungus Mycosphaerella fijiensis.
BLACK SILVER, noun. Stephanite
BLACK SLUG, noun. An omnivorous slug found in Europe and the Pacific Northwest, Arion ater. It is not always black, despite the name.
BLACK SLUGS, noun. Plural of black slug
BLACK SMOKER, noun. (geological oceanography) A kind of hydrothermal vent found on the seabed, emitting clouds of black material.
BLACK SMOKER, noun. Used in literal contexts: see black, smoker.
BLACK SMOKERS, noun. Plural of black smoker
BLACK SNAKE, noun. A kind of firework that creates a snake-like formation of ash via an intumescent reaction.
BLACK SNAKEROOT, noun. Actaea racemosa, black cohosh
BLACK SNAKEROOT, noun. Sanicula spp.
BLACK SOCIETIES, noun. Plural of black society
BLACK SOCIETY, noun. A Chinese gang or triad.
BLACK SPEARGRASS, noun. A species (Heteropogon contortus) of tangleheads, a tropical, perennial grass.
BLACK SPEARGRASSES, noun. Plural of black speargrass
BLACK SPOT, noun. A fungal disease among plants, particularly roses, that results in black spots on the leaves.
BLACK SPOT, noun. A section of roadway that has been designated as being particularly accident-prone.
BLACK SPOT, noun. A fictional judicial device among pirates, consisting of a black circle indicating condemnation.
BLACK SPOT, noun. (snooker) The spot on a snooker table where the black ball is normally placed.
BLACK SPOTS, noun. Plural of black spot
BLACK STUDIES, noun. (humanities) an interdisciplinary academic discipline concerned with the study of culture relating to African peoples and the African diaspora.
BLACK STUFF, noun. (with definite article) The drink Guinness.
BLACK SUPREMACY, noun. The ideology which holds that the black race is superior to all others.
BLACK SWALLOW-WORT, noun. A plant of the species Vincetoxicum nigrum, native to southern Europe, considered invasive in the United States.
BLACK SWALLOWER, noun. A fish of the species Chiasmodon niger, deep-sea fish able to swallow fish much larger than itself.
BLACK SWAN, noun. An Australian swan whose feathers are black.
BLACK SWAN, noun. An occurrence believed impossible or not to exist.
BLACK SWAN, noun. An occurrence believed impossible or not to exist, subsequently shown to exist.
BLACK SWANS, noun. Plural of black swan
BLACK TAR, noun. An illicit drug formed from the incomplete acetylation of morphine, containing a variable percentage of heroin.
BLACK TEA, noun. Tea leaves which have been "fermented" (actually, oxidized) before drying to enhance their flavour (cf. green tea).
BLACK TEA, noun. (British) A cup of tea served without milk.
BLACK TEAL, noun. The New Zealand scaup
BLACK TEALS, noun. Plural of black teal
BLACK TERN, noun. A small seabird, Chlidonias niger, of the tern family (Sternidae)
BLACK THURSDAY, proper noun. (business) (historical) (economics) (finance) The day when the New York Stock Exchange crashed before the Great Depression; Thursday, October 24th, 1929.
BLACK TIE, noun. Evening dress; a standard of dress which is less formal than white tie, consisting of black dinner jacket or tuxedo jacket, and matching trousers, white shirt and black bow tie or, possibly, military dress or national costume.
BLACK TIE, noun. Used other than as an idiom: see black, tie.
BLACK TIN, noun. (mining) Tin ore (cassiterite), when dressed, stamped and washed, ready for smelting. It is in the form of a black powder, like fine sand.
BLACK TINAMOU, noun. A tinamou, Tinamus osgoodi.
BLACK TINAMOUS, noun. Plural of black tinamou
BLACK TORTOISE, proper noun. Alternative term for Black Turtle
BLACK TORTOISE OF THE NORTH, proper noun. Alternative term for Black Turtle of the North
BLACK TRIANGLE, noun. Used other than as an idiom: see black, triangle.
BLACK TRIANGLE, noun. (ufology) One of a class of triangle-shaped unidentified flying objects, usually with a light in each corner.
BLACK TRUFFLE, noun. A species of truffle, Tuber melanosporum, darker than the white truffle, most commonly from France but also found in other parts of Europe, that is prized as a culinary ingredient.
BLACK TUESDAY, proper noun. October 24, 1929, the day of a major stock market crash, considered the onset of the Great Depression in the United States.
BLACK TURTLE, proper noun. (astronomy) a Chinese constellation making up one of the Four Symbols of Chinese astronomy
BLACK TURTLE, proper noun. (Chinese culture) a symbol of the element of water and direction north, typically depicted as a turtle entwined with a snake
BLACK TURTLE OF THE NORTH, proper noun. Alternative term for Black Turtle
BLACK UP, verb. (intransitive) To put on blackface makeup.
BLACK URINE DISEASE, noun. Alkaptonuria
BLACK VELVET, noun. (Australia) (slang) An Australian aboriginal woman viewed by a white man as a sexual partner.
BLACK VELVET, noun. (Australia) (slang) Sexual intercourse with an Australian aboriginal woman.
BLACK VELVET, noun. (Ireland) A cocktail of stout and champagne.
BLACK VOMIT, noun. A blackish matter, resembling coffee grounds and due to hæmorrhage, vomited in severer cases of yellow fever; also, the disease of yellow fever itself.
BLACK VULTURE, noun. An American vulture species, Coragyps atratus, with black plumage.
BLACK VULTURE, noun. A north African and Eurasian vulture species, Aegypius monachus.
BLACK VULTURES, noun. Plural of black vulture
BLACK WALNUT, noun. Juglans nigra, native to eastern North America.
BLACK WATER, noun. Waste water contaminated with fecal matter, urine, or industrial contamination.
BLACK WIDOW, noun. Any of several species of venomous spider, particularly Latrodectus sp.. The bite is painful to humans, rarely fatal to healthy individuals, but can be life-threatening or fatal to infants or young toddlers. Females are marked by a red hourglass shape on the abdomen (see photo, this page, and photos in Wikipedia). Mature males are smaller, of the same black color or a dark brown, have an elongated and slender abdomen (rather than the rotund abdomen of the mature female), and are marked on the dorsal of the abdomen with small flattened diamond shapes of the same scarlet color as the female's marks on the ventral of her abdomen.
BLACK WIDOW, noun. A woman who kills one or more of her lovers.
BLACK WIDOW, noun. A female martyr (a suicide bomber or shaheed), whose husband was killed.
BLACK WIDOWS, noun. Plural of black widow
BLACK WILLOW, noun. Salix nigra, native to much of the eastern United States, excluding Florida, and to parts of California and Arizona.
BLACK WITCH, noun. A witch who practises black magic. [from 17th c.]
BLACK WITCHES, noun. Plural of black witch
BLACK WOODPECKER, noun. A bird species in the family Picidae, Dryocopus martius.
BLACK WOODPECKERS, noun. Plural of black woodpecker
BLACK, noun. The quality or state of the achromatic color of least lightness (bearing the least resemblance to white).
BLACK, noun. Total absence of light; "they fumbled around in total darkness"; "in the black of night".
BLACK, noun. British chemist who identified carbon dioxide and who formulated the concepts of specific heat and latent heat (1728-1799).
BLACK, noun. Popular child actress of the 1930's (born in 1928).
BLACK, noun. A person with dark skin who comes from Africa (or whose ancestors came from Africa).
BLACK, noun. (board games) the darker pieces.
BLACK, noun. Black clothing (worn as a sign of mourning); "the widow wore black".
BLACK, verb. Make or become black; "The smoke blackened the ceiling"; "The ceiling blackened".
BLACK, adjective. Being of the achromatic color of maximum darkness; having little or no hue owing to absorption of almost all incident light; "black leather jackets"; "as black as coal"; "rich black soil".
BLACK, adjective. Of or belonging to a racial group having dark skin especially of sub-Saharan African origin; "a great people--a black people--...injected new meaning and dignity into the veins of civilization"- Martin Luther King Jr..
BLACK, adjective. Marked by anger or resentment or hostility; "black looks"; "black words".
BLACK, adjective. Offering little or no hope; "the future looked black"; "prospects were bleak"; "Life in the Aran Islands has always been bleak and difficult"- J.M.Synge; "took a dim view of things".
BLACK, adjective. Stemming from evil characteristics or forces; wicked or dishonorable; "black deeds"; "a black lie"; "his black heart has concocted yet another black deed"; "Darth Vader of the dark side"; "a dark purpose"; "dark undercurrents of ethnic hostility"; "the scheme of some sinister intelligence bent on punishing him"-Thomas Hardy.
BLACK, adjective. (of events) having extremely unfortunate or dire consequences; bringing ruin; "the stock market crashed on Black Friday"; "a calamitous defeat"; "the battle was a disastrous end to a disastrous campaign"; "such doctrines, if true, would be absolutely fatal to my theory"- Charles Darwin; "it is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it"- Douglas MacArthur; "a fateful error".
BLACK, adjective. (of the face) made black especially as with suffused blood; "a face black with fury".
BLACK, adjective. Extremely dark; "a black moonless night"; "through the pitch-black woods"; "it was pitch-dark in the cellar".
BLACK, adjective. Harshly ironic or sinister; "black humor"; "a grim joke"; "grim laughter"; "fun ranging from slapstick clowning ... to savage mordant wit".
BLACK, adjective. (of intelligence operations) deliberately misleading; "black propaganda".
BLACK, adjective. Distributed or sold illicitly; "the black economy pays no taxes".
BLACK, adjective. (used of conduct or character) deserving or bringing disgrace or shame; "Man...has written one of his blackest records as a destroyer on the oceanic islands"- Rachel Carson; "an ignominious retreat"; "inglorious defeat"; "an opprobrious monument to human greed"; "a shameful display of cowardice".
BLACK, adjective. (of coffee) without cream or sugar.
BLACK, adjective. Soiled with dirt or soot; "with feet black from playing outdoors"; "his shirt was black within an hour".
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