-cide

noun combining form

Definition of -cide

1 :killer
  • insecticide
2
[Medieval French, from Latin -cidium, from caedere]
:killing
  • suicide

Origin and Etymology of -cide

Medieval French, from Latin -cida, from caedere to cut, kill


-CIDE Defined for Kids

-cide

noun suffix \ ˌsīd \

Definition of -cide for Students

1 :killer
  • insecticide
2 :killing
  • homicide

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