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  • Fatal cattle disease caused by soil-borne bacteria.
  • A person who takes the place of striking workers. A scab.
  • Relating to a scab worker.
         The blackleg workers entered under cover of darkness.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia

Black"leg` (&?;), n. 1. A notorious gambler. [Colloq.]

2. A disease among calves and sheep, characterized by a settling of gelatinous matter in the legs, and sometimes in the neck. [Eng.]

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

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