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Black Death

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Definition a phrase used in the Middle Ages to describe a plague which is estimated to have killed one to two thirds of Europe's population between 1347 and 1350
  • Yersinia pestis—Bubonic plague, Black death, pest—is an overwhelming infection by bacteria that produce potent toxins.
    Geraldine Brooks  --  Year of Wonders
  • Imagine a virus with the infectiousness of influenza and the mortality rate of the black plague in the Middle Ages—that's what we're talking about."
    Richard Preston  --  The Hot Zone
  • Aphra had tried to mask the dead, black Plague flesh with some kind of chalky paste.
    Geraldine Brooks  --  Year of Wonders
  • Now mice, however small or harmless, are rats to me—snarling, needle-fanged wharf inhabitants whose fleas carry the black death and whose bite is rabid.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • This was the same kind of fatality rate as was seen with the black plague during the Middle Ages.
    Richard Preston  --  The Hot Zone
  • On the television screen the maps looked as though they were plotting a black plague methodically working its way east.
    Ted Dekker  --  BoneMan's Daughters
  • Dr. Isaacson did everything she could to save Mayinga, but she was as helpless before the agent as medieval doctors had been in the face of the black plague.
    Richard Preston  --  The Hot Zone
  • To have heard him asking Sondelius about his experience in plague epidemics, one would have believed that Martin found the Black Death delightful.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • I think of smallpox as something out of the Middle Ages, like the Black Plague.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • I guess I'm the Black Death," he said slowly.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • Some call him the Killer, some call him Black Death—he has a whole string of names like that.
    Hal Borland  --  When the Legends Die
  • She'd rather have the Black Death than be embarrassed.
    Kenneth Oppel  --  Airborn
  • You sound like you're down with the Black Death."
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • I don't buy the gold eyeshadow, but I do pick up a bottle of Black Death nail polish.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Speak
  • Written by an anonymous mystic, I'm not sure, fourteenth century maybe, whenever the Black Death was—he was writing in the days of the Black Death.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • The majority of students avoided his sections like the Black Death.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • But, before leaving the pulpit, he would like to tell them of something he had been reading in an old chronicle of the Black Death at Marseille.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • If it were possible to run from disease spirits, the medieval Europeans would've put on their track shoes and escaped the Black Death.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Hidden Oracle
  • Do you think that they, with their Battles, Famine, Black Death and Serfdom, were less enlightened than we are, with our Wars, Blockade, Influenza and Conscription?
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • Did you know that during Shakespeare's time almost a third of the people who lived in London died one year from something called the Black Plague?" she asked the class.
    Sampon Davis, et. al.  --  We Beat the Street

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