derris

noun
der·​ris | \ ˈder-əs How to pronounce derris (audio) , ˈde-rəs \

Definition of derris

1 : a preparation chiefly of ground derris roots used as an insecticide
2 : any of a large genus (Derris) of tropical Eurasian shrubs and woody vines of the legume family including sources of poisons and especially commercial sources of rotenone

First Known Use of derris

1919, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for derris

New Latin, genus name, from Greek, skin, from derein to skin — more at tear entry 1

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“Derris.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/derris. Accessed 27 Nov. 2021.

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