The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Plague \Plague\, n. [L. plaga a blow, stroke, plague; akin to
Gr. ?, fr. ? to strike; cf. L. plangere to strike, beat. Cf.
1. That which smites, wounds, or troubles; a blow; a
calamity; any afflictive evil or torment; a great trail or
And men blasphemed God for the plague of hail.
The different plague of each calamity. --Shak.
2. (Med.) An acute malignant contagious fever, that often
prevails in Egypt, Syria, and Turkey, and has at times
visited the large cities of Europe with frightful
mortality; hence, any pestilence; as, the great London
plague. "A plague upon the people fell." --Tennyson.
Cattle plague. See Rinderpest.
Plague mark, Plague spot, a spot or mark of the plague;
hence, a token of something incurable.