herbicide

noun

her·​bi·​cide ˈ(h)ər-bə-ˌsīd How to pronounce herbicide (audio)
: an agent used to destroy or inhibit plant growth
herbicidal adjective
herbicidally adverb

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web During the experiment, farmers needed to spray herbicide treatments more often on fields planted with PR23. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 Nov. 2022 Glyphosate is the most common herbicide in the world. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, 23 Nov. 2022 Nonabsorbent gloves are essential for safe pesticide and herbicide application. Susan Appleget Hurst, Better Homes & Gardens, 18 Nov. 2022 And without tilling, weeds can flourish; the researchers found that fields with PR23 needed one to two more herbicide treatments than regular rice. Byerik Stokstad, science.org, 7 Nov. 2022 There has also been an increase in the use of glyphosate herbicide -- particularly on corn and soybean crops -- that has caused a severe milkweed decline in the United States. Madeline Holcombe And Jalen Beckford, CNN, 21 July 2022 Make your second application of pre-emergent herbicide to prevent sandburs. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 22 Apr. 2022 Repeated applications of herbicide will be necessary to control bindweed. oregonlive, 4 Apr. 2022 Colombia suspended aerial fumigation with the herbicide glyphosate in 2015 because of health and environmental concerns. Los Angeles Times, 23 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Latin herba + International Scientific Vocabulary -cide

First Known Use

1899, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of herbicide was in 1899

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Cite this Entry

“Herbicide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/herbicide. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

herbicide

noun

her·​bi·​cide ˈ(h)ər-bə-ˌsīd How to pronounce herbicide (audio)
: a chemical substance used to destroy or stop plant growth
herbicidal adjective

Medical Definition

herbicide

noun

her·​bi·​cide ˈ(h)ər-bə-ˌsīd How to pronounce herbicide (audio)
: an agent used to destroy or inhibit plant growth
herbicidal adjective
herbicidally adverb
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