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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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 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 One problem with this pollinator attractant and sweet-smelling plant is its brittle wood is affected by strong winds. Tom Maccubbin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Caterpillar invasion isn't end for healthy tree," 14 July 2018 Growers affix brown packets of pheromones or specialized attractants to the wires for when a certain butterfly shows up to lay eggs on the grape vines. Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, Indianapolis Star, "The Hoosier Gardener: Trip to Bordeaux wine country is an educational experience," 13 July 2018 But people sometimes leave trash in the area, serving as an attractant for wild animals. Kyle Hopkins, Anchorage Daily News, "Bear killed after it smashes SUV window and climbs inside at Anchorage trailhead," 6 July 2018 Southern pine beetles normally pool their efforts by using chemical attractants called pheromones to summon each other to target trees. Washington Post, "Pine-killing southern beetle may be more deadly in North," 10 June 2018

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First Known Use of attractant

1889, in the meaning defined above

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