car·​bo·​fur·​an ˌkär-bō-ˈfyu̇r-ˌan How to pronounce carbofuran (audio)
: a highly toxic broad-spectrum carbamate pesticide C12H15NO3 used on crops

Examples of carbofuran in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 2018, wildlife officials found that 13 bald eagles were poisoned by a chemical called carbofuran, which is a pesticide that’s now off the market. Washington Post, 11 Nov. 2021 One of the toxic chemicals was carbofuran, a pesticide banned in the U.S. that growers spray on marijuana plants. David Hernandez, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Oct. 2021 Growers mix carbofuran into the water feeding the plants, and also spray it directly on the ground and foliage that border them. Los Angeles Times, 29 Aug. 2019 Effectively banned in the United States, carbofuran is smuggled across the U.S.-Mexico border and used by growers to protect the cannabis plants from wildlife. Los Angeles Times, 29 Aug. 2019 But despite the ban, carbofuran continues to plague California. Zoë Schlanger, Quartz, 23 Aug. 2019 The pesticide, carbofuran, is toxic to wildlife and humans and can cause permanent reproductive damage. Piper McDaniel,, 23 Aug. 2019

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Word History


carbo- + furan

First Known Use

1968, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of carbofuran was in 1968

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“Carbofuran.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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