bio·​pes·​ti·​cide | \ ˌbī-ō-ˈpe-stə-ˌsīd How to pronounce biopesticide (audio) \

Definition of biopesticide

: a pesticide consisting of naturally occurring or genetically engineered microorganisms (such as bacteria)

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Some trees have already been treated with a biopesticide, the organization writes on its website. Julissa Treviño, Smithsonian, "Londoners Beware: These Toxic Caterpillars Cause Rashes and Asthma," 1 May 2018 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention counsels pregnant women to use any E.P.A.-registered repellent, including those with picaridin (a synthetic compound), IR3535 (a biopesticide) and DEET. Catherine Saint Louis, New York Times, "Short Answers to Hard Questions About Zika Virus," 4 Apr. 2016

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First Known Use of biopesticide

1980, in the meaning defined above

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