carbofuran

noun
car·​bo·​fur·​an | \ ˌkär-bō-ˈfyu̇r-ˌan How to pronounce carbofuran (audio) \

Definition of carbofuran

: a highly toxic broad-spectrum carbamate pesticide C12H15NO3 used on crops

Examples of carbofuran in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The pesticide, carbofuran, is toxic to wildlife and humans and can cause permanent reproductive damage. Piper Mcdaniel, Los Angeles Times, "Mexican marijuana traffickers are poisoning California forests with a banned pesticide, officials say," 21 Aug. 2019 The pesticide, carbofuran, is toxic to wildlife and humans and can cause permanent reproductive damage. Piper Mcdaniel, Los Angeles Times, "Mexican marijuana traffickers are poisoning California forests with a banned pesticide, officials say," 21 Aug. 2019 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, "Illegal cannabis farms still scarring public lands, two years after Prop. 64," 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, "Illegal cannabis farms still scarring public lands, two years after Prop. 64," 29 Aug. 2019 But despite the ban, carbofuran continues to plague California. Zoë Schlanger, Quartz, "Illegal marijuana growers are poisoning national forests with banned pesticides," 23 Aug. 2019 The pesticide, carbofuran, is toxic to wildlife and humans and can cause permanent reproductive damage. Piper Mcdaniel, chicagotribune.com, "Mexican marijuana traffickers are poisoning California forests with a banned pesticide, officials say," 23 Aug. 2019 Research conducted by the Integral Ecology Research Center has found traces of carbofuran in streams and rivers, and also in animals — living and dead — including at-risk species such as the Pacific fisher. Los Angeles Times, "Illegal cannabis farms still scarring public lands, two years after Prop. 64," 29 Aug. 2019 Gabriel says carbofuran is so toxic that a quarter of a teaspoon can kill a 600-pound male African lion. National Geographic, "Illegal marijuana growers poison forests—these people fight back," 8 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of carbofuran

1968, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for carbofuran

carbo- + furan

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“Carbofuran.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/carbofuran. Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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