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bubonic plague

noun [U] uk   /bjuːˌbɒn.ɪkˈpleɪɡ/ us    /-ˌbɑː.nɪk-/
a very infectious disease spread by rats, causing swelling, fever, and usually death. In the 14th century it killed half the people living in Europe.Middle Ages (medieval Period) 501-1500Fevers and infectious diseasesColds and flu
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