attractant

noun
at·​trac·​tant | \ ə-ˈtrak-tənt How to pronounce attractant (audio) \

Definition of attractant

: a substance (such as a pheromone) that attracts specific animals (such as insects or individuals of the opposite sex)

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The Berkeley scientists, in contrast, found that sensitivity to the attractants was smeared out over a broad concentration, not a single mean. Quanta Magazine, "Bacterial Clones Show Surprising Individuality," 4 Sep. 2019 Coyotes, in response to the increase of human presence and human attractants, are being habituated or desensitized to humans. Sara Cardine, La Cañada Valley Sun, "Coyote encounters too close for some La Cañada residents, pet owners," 5 Sep. 2019 Thus far, Colorado’s wine industry has largely been driven by its potential as a tourist attractant, and rightly so. Stacey Mckenna, The Know, "Colorado wine is finally coming into its own," 24 Aug. 2019 Lesley Matheson, a spokeswoman for Parks Canada, said that no significant wildlife attractants or food were found inside or in the immediate vicinity of the tent. Leah Asmelash, CNN, "A family of four was on a camping trip in Canada. Then a wolf attacked while they were sleeping," 14 Aug. 2019 Redfield explains, and don’t come into human areas unless there are attractants. Michael Nichols, National Geographic, "Why feeding bears is worse than you might think," 24 June 2019 According to state wildlife officials, securing trash and removing other bear attractants has reduced bear and human conflicts by more than 55 percent. Martin E. Comas, orlandosentinel.com, "Seminole looks to continue providing bear-proof trash cans despite lack of state funding," 17 June 2019 Traps are simply an attractant (food or foodlike aroma) placed inside a container the pests can crawl into but can't get out of easily. Jean Nick, Good Housekeeping, "How to Wasp-Proof Your Backyard This Summer," 26 July 2018 Traps are simply an attractant (food or foodlike aroma) placed inside a container the pests can crawl into but can't get out of easily. Jean Nick, Good Housekeeping, "How to Wasp-Proof Your Backyard This Summer," 26 July 2018

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First Known Use of attractant

1889, in the meaning defined above

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