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  • n. A (male) member of a racial group having dark skin colouring, typically of sub-Saharan African descent.
  • n. An evil spirit, a demon.

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  • n. a man who is Black


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  • The back of his shirt was peppered with sweat by midday, and while the blacks ate their sandwiches of company-store balogna and potted meat in a grove of gum trees, he tethered his horse under a solitary live oak in the middle of a pepper field and sat in a folding chair a black man hand-carried to him for that purpose.

    Jolie Blon’s Bounce

  • At sunset an elderly black man named Batist helped me close up the bait shop and chain-lock our rental boats to the pilings under the dock.

    Jolie Blon’s Bounce

  • About the time we lived across from River Bend, our momma had an old black man who worked for her named Les.

    It Ain’t All About the Cookin’

  • “Many times in my career I was complimented on my surgical technique,” Dr. Spencer said, “and I will admit that a good many people were shocked when I told them I learned my surgical technique from a black man who had only a high school education.”

    Manifesting Michelangelo

  • In a 1996 case in Brooklyn, several Crown Heights Shomrim members were accused of beating a black man whose nephew they suspected of bike theft.

    Orthodox communities rely on patrols for safety

  • Her body was found just before dawn the next morning by a black man who was running his trotlines in the swamp.

    Jolie Blon’s Bounce

  • And Jewish Americans like Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner were willing to die alongside a black man – James Chaney – on behalf of freedom and equality.

    Remarks of Senator Barack Obama: AIPAC Policy Conference

  • As I mentioned earlier, a black man on top is a threat in America, but also some in the community felt he did a disservice to black women with songs like “Me So Horny” and “Pop That Coochie.”

    Magic City

  • He led a team that included three other lawyers to represent Hernando Williams, a black man who in 1978 was charged with kidnapping, raping and shooting Linda Goldstone, who was white and the wife of a prominent Chicago obstetrician.

    Defending the Damned

  • "Dude," said Lash Jefferson, a wiry black man with a newly shaved scalp, wearing mirror shades.

    You Suck


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  • Yes, it's an old name for an evil spirit or devil (possibly attested from 1591 according to the O.E.D.). One of the less fortunate parts of folklore.

    January 12, 2009