The traditional name for the set of disasters that God inflicted on Egypt before the pharaoh let Moses lead the Israelites out of Egypt to the Promised Land. The plagues, as recorded in the Book of Exodus, included swarms of locusts, hordes of frogs, and a scourge of boils. After the tenth and most horrible plague, in which the angel of Death killed every Egyptian firstborn male child, including the pharaoh’s son, the pharaoh finally freed the Israelites. (See Passover.)
[pleyg-suh m] /ˈpleɪg səm/ adjective 1. vexatious or troublesome.
- Plague vaccine
plague vaccine n. A vaccine prepared from live, killed, or attenuated Yersinia pestis used to immunize against bubonic plague.
[pley-gee] /ˈpleɪ gi/ Chiefly Northern U.S. adjective 1. such as to , torment, or annoy; vexatious: a plaguy pile of debts. adverb 2. vexatiously or excessively: The room is plaguy hot. /ˈpleɪɡɪ/ adjective 1. disagreeable or vexing adverb 2. disagreeably or annoyingly adj. 1570s, “pertaining to a plague,” from plague (n.) + -y (2). Figurative […]
[pleyg] /pleɪg/ noun 1. an epidemic disease that causes high mortality; pestilence. 2. an infectious, epidemic disease caused by a bacterium, Yersinia pestis, characterized by fever, chills, and prostration, transmitted to humans from rats by means of the bites of fleas. Compare , , . 3. any widespread affliction, calamity, or evil, especially one regarded […]