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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Pestilence \Pes"ti*lence\, n. [F. pestilence, L. pestilentia. See Pestilent.] 1. Specifically, the disease known as the plague; hence, any contagious or infectious epidemic disease that is virulent and devastating. [1913 Webster] The pestilence that walketh in darkness. --Ps. xci. 6. [1913 Webster] 2. Fig.: That which is pestilent, noxious, or pernicious to the moral character of great numbers. [1913 Webster] I'll pour this pestilence into his ear. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Pestilence weed (Bot.), the butterbur coltsfoot (Petasites vulgaris), so called because formerly considered a remedy for the plague. --Dr. Prior. [1913 Webster]