An example of plague is the yellow feaver outbreak in New Orleans in 1852.
Natural catastrophies plagued the colonists till they abandoned the pestilent marshland.
Origin of plague
- Middle English plage blow, calamity, plague from Late Latin plāga from Latin blow, wound plāk-2 in Indo-European roots V., Middle English plaghen from Middle Dutch from plaghe plague from Late Latin plāga
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English plage, from Old French plage, from Late Latin plÄga (“blow, wound"), from plangÅ (“to strike"). Cognate with Middle Dutch plÄghe (> Dutch plaag), plÄghen (> Dutch plagen), Middle Low German plÄge, pflÄge, vlÄge, Middle High German plÄge (> German Plage), plÄgen (> German plagen), Swedish plÃ¥ga, French plaie.