Black DeathBlack Death
a pandemic of bubonic plague and related diseases that devastated Europe and Asia in the 14th cent.
Origin of Black Deathso called from the dark spots it makes on the skin
An outbreak of virulent plague, especially its bubonic form, that killed large numbers of people throughout Europe and much of Asia in the 14th century.
Origin of Black DeathUltimately translation of Scandinavian terms for the bubonic plague, such as Swedish (den) svarta d&odie;den, (the) black death (possibly in reference to the dark lesions and gangrene caused by bubonic plague, or to the general gloom prevailing during epidemics ) : svart, black + d&odie;d, death.