plague noun

ADJ. bubonic | great Nearly a third of the population died in the Great Plague.

QUANT. outbreak a decline in population following outbreaks of plague

VERB + PLAGUE suffer The region has just suffered a plague of locusts. | be decimated by, be destroyed by

PLAGUE + VERB break out, start, strike (sth) Bubonic plague struck London in 1665. | spread

PREP. ~ of The city is suffering a plague of rats. > Special page at ILLNESS