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1. An infectious, usually fatal bacterial disease of cattle and sometimes of sheep, goats, and swine, caused by Clostridium chauvoei and characterized by gas-containing swellings in the musculature.
2. A bacterial or fungal disease of certain plants, such as the cabbage and potato, that causes the stems to turn black at the soil line.
3. One who cheats at cards; a cardsharp.
4. Chiefly British A worker who is opposed to trade unions; a scab.
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a. a person who acts against the interests of a trade union, as by continuing to work during a strike or taking over a striker's job
b. (as modifier): blackleg labour.
2. (Veterinary Science) Also called: black quarter an acute infectious disease of cattle, sheep, and pigs, characterized by gas-filled swellings, esp on the legs, caused by Clostridium bacteria
3. (Plant Pathology) plant pathol
a. a fungal disease of cabbages and related plants caused by Phoma lingam, characterized by blackening and decay of the lower stems
b. a similar disease of potatoes, caused by bacteria
4. (Gambling, except Cards) a person who cheats in gambling, esp at cards or in racing
vb, -legs, -legging or -legged
Brit to act against the interests of a trade union, esp by refusing to join a strike
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
1. an infectious, often fatal disease of cattle and sheep caused by the soil bacterium Clostridium chauvoei and characterized by darkened and swollen upper legs.
a. a disease of cabbage and other cruciferous plants, characterized by dry, black lesions on the base of the stem, caused by a fungus, Phoma lingam.
b. a disease of potatoes, characterized by wet, black lesions on the base of the stem, caused by a bacterium, Erwinia atroseptica.
3. a swindler.
4. Chiefly Brit. a strikebreaker; scab.
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Past participle: blacklegged
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|Noun||1.||blackleg - someone who works (or provides workers) during a strike|
worker - a person who works at a specific occupation; "he is a good worker"
|Verb||1.||blackleg - take the place of work of someone on strike|
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Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
blackleg[ˈblæklɛg] n (British) → jaune m
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
blackleg[ˈblækˌlɛg] n (Brit) → crumiro/a
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995