Definition of diquat
: a powerful herbicide and plant desiccant C12H12Br2N2 used especially to control aquatic weeds and to desiccate aerial plant parts (as of potatoes) before harvesting
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Duckweed and watermeal are just two types of weeds that most pond owners seek to control with chemicals such as diquat.
After the use of the chemical diquat, the duckweed turns brown and sinks to the bottom, which can nourish unkilled weeds, effectively making matters worse.
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Origin and Etymology of diquat
di- + quaternary
First Known Use: 1960See Words from the same year
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