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)

Examples of attractant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Though if the bear never gets the food or other attractant, this will be a game that has little reward, other than idle fun. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 7 Nov. 2021 In the surf, pompano fishing should pick up as the water clears and becomes more briny—catch them on live sand fleas, or fresh cut shrimp with a strip of Fish Bites Sand Flea flavor attractant on a pompano rig; www.ateamfishing.com. Frank Sargeant, al, 15 Oct. 2021 Since the attractant is so strong, reviewers suggest hanging the trap far from your outdoor seating area. Lily Gray, Better Homes & Gardens, 11 Aug. 2021 This fragrant mint cousin contains a natural chemical called nepetalactone, which is both a feline attractant and a useful insect repellent. Christopher Michel, Good Housekeeping, 1 July 2020 He and his colleagues hiked up and down mountains, sometimes in pouring rain, to check traps baited with a chemical attractant called Swormlure. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, 26 May 2020 Blade color: The blade of a spinner is the key attractant of the entire lure, in its color, flash and vibration. Josh Dahlke, Outdoor Life, 1 Oct. 2018 Still, some states have banned using deer urine as an attractant. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, 21 Feb. 2020 In recent years, these manufacturers have battled claims that their products could spread CWD, though there is no hard evidence that deer attractants spread the disease. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, 21 Feb. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of attractant

1889, in the meaning defined above

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attract/get someone's attention

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“Attractant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/attractant. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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