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.
a large Australian swan, Cygnus atratus, that has a black plumage and red bill
a phenomenon that occurs even though it had been thought to be impossible
a variety of mule deer, Odocoileus hemionus columbianus, of the western slope of the Rocky Mountains, having a tail that is black above. Historical Examples The Plow-Woman Eleanor Gates The Black Wolf Pack Dan Beard The Desert Home Mayne Reid Wilford Woodruff Matthias F. Cowley American Boy’s Life of Theodore Roosevelt Edward Stratemeyer Early Western […]
black heroin. Contemporary Examples Robin Thicke’s ‘Paula’ Is What You Shouldn’t Do When You Get Dumped Andrew Romano June 25, 2014 The Real Bling Ring: Where Are They Now? Tricia Romano May 20, 2013
black heroin. a very potent and addictive form of heroin that is dark-colored.
noun (South African) a minibus used to transport workers from the townships to the city centres Contemporary Examples Murder Threatens Mandela’s Dream Charlayne Hunter-Gault April 20, 2010