an imaginary spot marking the supposed limits of civilization:
beyond the Black Stump.
(Austral) the black stump, an imaginary marker of the extent of civilization (esp in the phrase beyond the black stump)
(NZ) a long way off
a hog sucker, Hypentelium nigricans, of eastern U.S. streams.
See under swallowtail (def 2). the tail of a swallow or a deeply forked tail like that of a swallow. any of several butterflies of the genus Papilio, characterized by elongated hind wings that resemble the tail of a swallow, as P. polyxenes (black swallowtail) Compare spicebush swallowtail, tiger swallowtail, zebra swallowtail. tail coat. noun […]
See under swallowwort (def 2). celandine (def 1). any of several plants of the milkweed family, especially a climbing vine, Cynanchum nigrum (black swallowwort) native to Europe, having small, brownish flowers. noun any of several Eurasian vines of the genus Cynanchum, esp C. nigrum, having small brownish-purple flowers: family Asclepiadaceae a related European herbaceous plant, […]
an Australian swan, Cygnus atratus, having mostly black plumage and a red bill. an occurrence or phenomenon that comes as a surprise because it was not predicted or was hard to predict (often used attributively): a disastrous black-swan event that only appeared obvious in hindsight. noun a large Australian swan, Cygnus atratus, that has a […]