biological warfare

noun

Definition of biological warfare 

: warfare involving the use of biological weapons also : warfare involving the use of herbicides

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If the virus is ever deployed as biological warfare, the fruit bat’s super-immunity may hold the answer to preventing its spread. Lucy Cooke, Washington Post, "The batty, explosive history of bats in the military — and why this new idea just might work," 2 July 2018 There is no antidote - and that has made the Marburg virus a prime candidate for biological warfare. Lucy Cooke, ajc, "US military is interested in bats as possible defenders against bioweapons," 3 July 2018 There is no antidote — and that has made the Marburg virus a prime candidate for biological warfare. Lucy Cooke, Washington Post, "The batty, explosive history of bats in the military — and why this new idea just might work," 2 July 2018 If the virus is ever deployed as biological warfare, the fruit bat's super-immunity may hold the answer to preventing its spread. Lucy Cooke, ajc, "US military is interested in bats as possible defenders against bioweapons," 3 July 2018 This was the start of Pontiac’s War, a series of sieges and battles that lasted a full year and ended with the British using smallpox blankets to commit biological warfare against the natives. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "There is a national Memorial to Fallen Educators and it is about to add 10 new names," 19 June 2018 Natalie Portman spearheads a troupe of scientists into The Shimmer—an iridescent bubble which is raging trippy biological warfare in Florida, splicing DNA and messing with the minds and memories of all who enter. The Editors Of Gq, GQ, "The Best Movies of 2018 (So Far)," 19 June 2018 Members of a multiagency law-enforcement task force sent into Rajneeshpuram after Rajneesh’s press conference found evidence of an extensive wiretapping operation and an apparent biological warfare laboratory. Win Mccormack, The New Republic, "Bhagwan’s Final Year," 12 Apr. 2018 There is a killer bug buzzing around Australia which scientists are breeding as a biological warfare agent. Fox News, "Wasps bred as biological warfare agents," 25 May 2018

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1921, in the meaning defined above

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biological warfare

noun

English Language Learners Definition of biological warfare

: the use of harmful living things (such as germs that cause disease) as weapons in a war

biological warfare

noun
biological war·​fare | \-ˈwȯr-ˌfa(ə)r, -ˌfe(ə)r \

Medical Definition of biological warfare 

: warfare involving the use of biological weapons also : warfare involving the use of herbicides

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