(initial capital letters) a narrow belt of dark-colored, calcareous soils in central Alabama and Mississippi highly adapted to agriculture, especially the growing of cotton.
the area of a city or region inhabited primarily by blacks.
a black cloth waistband conferred upon a participant in one of the martial arts, as judo or karate, to indicate a degree of expertise of the highest rank.
a person who has obtained such rank.
the rank itself.
Compare brown belt, white belt.
a person proficient in some particular skill or endeavor; expert.
a black belt worn by an instructor or expert competitor in the dan grades, usually from first to fifth dan
a person entitled to wear this
the black belt, a region of the southern US extending from Georgia across central Alabama and Mississippi, in which the population contains a large number of Black people: also noted for its fertile black soil
the fruit, black or very dark purple when ripe, of certain species of the genus Rubus. the plant itself. a brand of smartphone optimized for wireless email. Contemporary Examples The Next Great Media War Larry Kramer January 3, 2009 Let’s Stop the Twitter Madness Lee Woodruff February 27, 2009 The BlackBerry’s Death Rattle Gets Louder […]
a perennial iris, Belamcanda chinensis, having globose seeds resembling blackberries and orange, lilylike flowers with red spots.
one of the four elemental bodily humors of medieval physiology, regarded as causing gloominess. Historical Examples Gilbertus Anglicus Henry Ebenezer Handerson noun (archaic) one of the four bodily humours; melancholy See humour (sense 8)
a black-billed North American cuckoo, Coccyzus erythropthalmus, that, unlike most cuckoos, constructs its own nest and rears its own young. Historical Examples The Burgess Bird Book for Children Thornton W. Burgess Dooryard Stories Clara Dillingham Pierson Birds Every Child Should Know Neltje Blanchan Spring notes from Tennessee Bradford Torrey