fu·​mi·​gant | \ ˈfyü-mi-gənt How to pronounce fumigant (audio) \

Definition of fumigant

: a substance used in fumigating

Examples of fumigant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Phosphine has been used as a fumigant or a chemical warfare agent, but that wasn’t why Sousa-Silva was interested in it. Eva Amsen, Forbes, 18 Mar. 2021 Used as a chemical weapon during World War I, phosphine is still manufactured as an agricultural fumigant, is used in the semiconductor industry, and is a nasty byproduct of meth labs. Nadia Drake, National Geographic, 14 Sep. 2020 Herbicides and fumigants have taken a huge toll on soil bacteria and fungi, which has yielded less nutritious, flavorful food (and grapes) over time. Lizzie Noonan, Bon Appétit, 6 Aug. 2019 The indictment says Rivera used fumigants containing methyl bromide in multiple locations in the Virgin Islands, including the St. John resort where the family that became ill was staying in March 2015. Kelly Mccleary, CNN, 14 Apr. 2018 The indictment alleges Rivera knowingly applied banned fumigants at the Sirenusa resort in St. John in October 2014 and March 2015. Kelly Mccleary, CNN, 14 Apr. 2018 The only contaminant in this class found in state drinking water in 2016 was dibromochloropropane, a soil fumigant banned in 1978. Nathaniel Levine, sacbee, 22 Sep. 2017 Khapra beetles are highly tolerant of insecticides and fumigants, and can survive long periods without food. Chris Mondics, Philly.com, 11 Aug. 2017 RELATED: Two Latinos Win Prestigious Prize as 'Grassroots Environmental Heroes' Tobacco plants require large quantities of insecticides, herbicides, fungicides and fumigants to control pest or disease outbreaks. NBC News, 30 May 2017

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First Known Use of fumigant

1940, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fumigant

fumig(ate) + -ant entry 1

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“Fumigant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fumigant. Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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fu·​mi·​gant | \ ˈfyü-mi-gənt How to pronounce fumigant (audio) \

Medical Definition of fumigant

: a substance used in fumigating

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