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Black (noun)

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Black. n.s. [from the adjective.]

  1. A black colour.

                        Black is the badge of hell,
    The hue of dungeons, and the scowl of night.
    Shakesp. Love's Labour Lost.

    For the production of black, the corpuscles must be less than any of those which exhibit colours. Newton's Opticks.

  2. Mourning.

    Rise, wretched widow, rise; nor, undeplor'd,
    Permit my ghost to pass the Stygian ford:
    But rise, prepar'd in black, to mourn thy perish'd lord.
    Dryden's Fables.

  3. A blackamoor.

  4. That part of the eye which is black.

    It suffices that it be in every part of the air, which is as big as the black of fight of the eye. Digby.

Sources: Digby, Kenelm (13) · Dryden, John (788) · Shakespeare's Love's Labours Lost (33) · Newton, Isaac (40)

Attributes: Noun Substantive (1269)

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