bio·​war·​fare | \ ˌbī-ō-ˈwȯr-ˌfer How to pronounce biowarfare (audio) \

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Recent Examples on the Web Gottlieb, an enthusiast for biowarfare (though also a kind of proto-hippie who apparently made his own goat’s-milk yogurt), was eager to manufacture mind-manipulating toxins. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "Are Spies More Trouble Than They’re Worth?," 26 Aug. 2019 The book alleges biowarfare research involving ticks took place at Fort Detrick, Maryland, and Plum Island, New York—both areas where CDC maps note the disease is very prevalent, but the CDC itself does not have an opinion on the allegation. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "So...Did the Pentagon Use Ticks for Biological Warfare?," 17 July 2019 That ban was enacted in 1972, amid advances in bioweaponry research and growing awareness of the risks of biowarfare. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "Death by algorithm: the age of killer robots is closer than you think," 21 June 2019 In the 1930s, scientists in both Australia and the U.S. decided to import the South American cane toad as a form of biowarfare against beetles that eat sugar cane. Amanda Foreman, WSJ, "Overrun by Alien Species," 1 Nov. 2018 If the spread of the disease is intentional, as in cases of bioterrorism or biowarfare, adversaries could target global supplies of crucial treatments. Morten Wendelbo, Washington Post, "The bad flu season has revealed a dangerous problem with our medical supply chain," 6 Mar. 2018

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1951, in the meaning defined above

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“Biowarfare.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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