herbicide

noun
her·​bi·​cide | \ ˈ(h)ər-bə-ˌsīd How to pronounce herbicide (audio) \

Definition of herbicide

: an agent used to destroy or inhibit plant growth

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Other Words from herbicide

herbicidal \ ˌ(h)ər-​bə-​ˈsī-​dᵊl How to pronounce herbicidal (audio) \ adjective
herbicidally \ ˌ(h)ər-​bə-​ˈsī-​dᵊl-​ē How to pronounce herbicidally (audio) \ adverb

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The herbicide was used extensively in the Vietnam War and has been connected to numerous illnesses among veterans and civilians who were exposed. Rob Davis | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive.com, "U.S. EPA finds 18 barrels, some intact, in Wallowa Lake recovery effort," 14 June 2019 The new report follows two prominent legal verdicts that determined the herbicide caused cancer in plaintiffs. Arman Azad, CNN, "Many breakfast cereals still contaminated by weed killer, environmental group says," 12 June 2019 The new report follows two prominent legal verdicts that determined the herbicide caused cancer in plaintiffs. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Many breakfast cereals still contaminated by weed killer, environmental group says," 12 June 2019 Foreign researchers have found that glyphosate, the herbicide sprayed on transgenic soy, impairs the navigation of honeybees. Nina Strochlic, National Geographic, "An unlikely feud between beekeepers and Mennonites simmers in Mexico," 12 Apr. 2019 The best way to eradicate weeds is to use a two-prong approach of applying fertilizer and herbicide at different times of the year. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Get Rid of Lawn Weeds," 19 Apr. 2019 Milkweed has been in rapid retreat, crowded by urban development, attacked along roadways, and driven from pastoral landscapes by herbicides that spare resistant corn and soybeans. Calvin Woodward, Fox News, "A makeover for milkweed, for the sake of butterflies," 31 July 2018 Johnson sprayed the herbicide out of 50-gallon drums as part of his job. Matthew Berger, Fox News, "Can using weed killer give you cancer?," 27 Aug. 2018 Insecticides are used for insect control, herbicides are used in weed control and fungicides control fungal organisms. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "How to keep insects, weeds and diseases out of your South Louisiana garden," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of herbicide

1899, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for herbicide

Latin herba + International Scientific Vocabulary -cide

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herbicide

noun

English Language Learners Definition of herbicide

: a chemical used to destroy plants or stop plant growth

herbicide

noun
her·​bi·​cide | \ ˈ(h)ər-bə-ˌsīd How to pronounce herbicide (audio) \

Medical Definition of herbicide

: an agent used to destroy or inhibit plant growth

Other Words from herbicide

herbicidal \ ˌ(h)ər-​bə-​ˈsīd-​ᵊl How to pronounce herbicidal (audio) \ adjective
herbicidally \ -​ᵊl-​ē How to pronounce herbicidally (audio) \ adverb

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