at·​trac·​tant ə-ˈtrak-tənt How to pronounce attractant (audio)
: 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 The importance of the face as an attractant is underscored by the lengths to which humans in various cultures go to embellish what is already there. James Shreeve, Discover Magazine, 11 Nov. 2019 According to Markowski, mosquito traps with carbon dioxide attractants are the most effective, as carbon dioxide is the primary cue that attracts mosquitoes. Kate Oczypok, Better Homes & Gardens, 4 Oct. 2023 Disposable Fly Trap always use some form of attractant, such as light or bait, to lure insects into the container. Rachel Ahrnsen, Better Homes & Gardens, 6 Oct. 2023 Keep garbage, bird feeders, pet food and other attractants put away in a secure building. CBS News, 3 Oct. 2023 And when the attractant in question is not only the landowner’s primary source of income but also the state’s second-biggest export, that complicates things. Katie Hill, Outdoor Life, 28 Sep. 2023 Versatile and easy to grow, this lavender is a useful wildlife attractant on the sunny fringe of my forest garden. Elizabeth Waddington, Treehugger, 23 Aug. 2023 After that, spread another gallon or a little more of the mix on top to serve as a visual attractant to lure deer to the spot. Scott Bestul, Field & Stream, 19 July 2023 Food and garbage are the No. 1 attractants to a bear. USA TODAY, 10 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1889, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of attractant was in 1889

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“Attractant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


at·​trac·​tant ə-ˈtrak-tənt How to pronounce attractant (audio)
: something that attracts
especially : a substance that attracts animals (as insects)

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