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noun
  1. A high ranking official in the Catholic church who governs a diocese, or a similar official in other denominations and religions.
  2. (context, Chess) A piece that may be moved only diagonally.
  3. (slang) penis (see bash the bishop).
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noun
  1. (colour) The colour/color perceived in the absence of light.
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  1. A black dye, pigment.
  2. A pen, pencil, crayon, etc., made of black pigment.
  3. (context, sometimes capitalised) A person of African descent.
  4. (context, billiards, snooker, pool) the black: The black ball.
  5. (baseball) The edge of home plate
verb
  1. To make black, to blacken.
adjective
  1. (context, of an object) absorbing all light and reflecting none; dark and colourless.
  2. (context, of a place, etc) without light.
  3. (context, sometimes capitalized) Relating to persons of African descent or (especially in the US) their culture.
  4. (context, Ireland, idiomatic) Overcrowded.
  5. Bad; evil.
    • 1655, Benjamin Needler, Expository notes, with practical observations; towards the opening of the five first chapters of the first book of Moses called Genesis. London: N. Webb and W. Grantham, page 168.
    • : ...what a day would that be, when the Ordinances of Jesus Christ should as it were be excommunicated, and cast out of the Church of Christ.
      1. Illegitimate, illegal or disgraced.
    • 1866, The Contemporary Review, London: A. Strahan, page 338.
    • :Foodstuffs were rationed and, as in other countries in a similar situation, the black market was flourishing.

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