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kairomone

noun kai·ro·mone \ˈkī-rə-ˌmōn, -rō-\

Definition of KAIROMONE

:  a chemical substance emitted by one species and especially an insect or plant that has an adaptive benefit (as a stimulus for oviposition) to another species

Origin of KAIROMONE

Greek kairos critical time, opportunity + English -mone (as in pheromone)
First Known Use: 1970

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