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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Other examples are an asteroid, and nuclear or biological warfare. Fox News, "Yellowstone 'supervolcano' eruption would be catastrophic, NYT op-ed says," 22 Aug. 2019 Did mosquitos inspire the idea of biological warfare in general? Emily Toomey, Smithsonian, "How Mosquitos Helped Shape the Course of Human History," 5 Aug. 2019 Burgdorfer himself was involved in biological warfare programs that involved using blood-sucking insects, including fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes, as vectors for the transmission of human diseases. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "So...Did the Pentagon Use Ticks for Biological Warfare?," 17 July 2019 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

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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 How to pronounce biological warfare (audio) \

Medical Definition of biological warfare

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

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