(Black"band`) n. (Min.) An earthy carbonate of iron containing considerable carbonaceous
matter; valuable as an iron ore.
(Black" bass`) (Zoöl.)
1. An edible, fresh-water fish of the United States, of the genus Micropterus. the small-mouthed kind is
M. dolomiei; the large-mouthed is M. salmoides.
2. The sea bass. See Blackfish, 3.
(Black"ber*ry) n. [OE. blakberye, AS. blæcberie; blæc black + berie berry.] The fruit of several
species of bramble (Rubus); also, the plant itself. Rubus fruticosus is the blackberry of England; R.
villosus and R. Canadensis are the high blackberry and low blackberry of the United States. There are
also other kinds.
(Black"bird) n. (Zoöl.) In England, a species of thrush (Turdus merula), a singing bird with
a fin note; the merle. In America the name is given to several birds, as the Quiscalus versicolor, or crow
blackbird; the Agelæus phniceus, or red-winged blackbird; the cowbird; the rusty grackle, etc. See Redwing.
(Black"board`) n. A broad board painted black, or any black surface on which writing, drawing,
or the working of mathematical problems can be done with chalk or crayons. It is much used in schools.
1. One of several books of a political character, published at different times and for different purposes;
so called either from the color of the binding, or from the character of the contents.
2. A book compiled in the twelfth century, containing a description of the court of exchequer of England,
an official statement of the revenues of the crown, etc.
3. A book containing details of the enormities practiced in the English monasteries and religious houses,
compiled by order of their visitors under Henry VIII., to hasten their dissolution.
4. A book of admiralty law, of the highest authority, compiled in the reign of Edw. III. Bouvier. Wharton.
5. A book kept for the purpose of registering the names of persons liable to censure or punishment, as
in the English universities, or the English armies.
6. Any book which treats of necromancy.
(Black"-browed`) a. Having black eyebrows. Hence: Gloomy; dismal; threatening; forbidding.
(Black*bur"ni*an war"bler) [Named from Mrs. Blackburn, an English lady.] (Zoöl.)
A beautiful warbler of the United States The male is strongly marked with orange, yellow, and black on
the head and neck, and has an orange-yellow breast.
1. (Zoöl.) (a) A small European song bird with a black crown; the mock nightingale. (b) An American
titmouse (Parus atricapillus); the chickadee.
2. (Cookery) An apple roasted till black, to be served in a dish of boiled custard.
3. The black raspberry.