chlor·​dane | \ ˈklȯr-ˌdān How to pronounce chlordane (audio) \

Definition of chlordane

: a viscous volatile toxic liquid insecticide C10H6Cl8 formerly used in the U.S.

Examples of chlordane in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In an early skirmish, the state of Mississippi provided farmers with chlordane, an indiscriminate, organochlorine pesticide long since banned. Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, 25 Oct. 2021 Neonics, as they’re often called, are, in some respects, even more toxic than Mirex and chlordane. Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, 25 Oct. 2021 By 1951, however, German cockroaches in Corpus Christi, Texas, were resistant to chlordane. Rob Dunn, Discover Magazine, 16 Nov. 2018 The pesticide chlordane was first used in homes in 1948. Rob Dunn, Discover Magazine, 16 Nov. 2018 Fish absorb PCBs, chlordane and other pesticides from water, suspended sediments or their food. Leada Gore,, 11 July 2017

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First Known Use of chlordane

1947, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chlordane

chlor- + indane (C9H10)

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“Chlordane.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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chlor·​dane | \ ˈklȯ(ə)r-ˌdān How to pronounce chlordane (audio) \
variants: also chlordan \ -​ˌdan How to pronounce chlordane (audio) \

Medical Definition of chlordane

: a viscous, volatile, liquid insecticide C10H6Cl8 formerly used in the U.S.

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