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

Examples of herbicide in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In general, these pest plants need to be physically removed and their returning growth sprayed with 20% vinegar herbicide. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, 16 Aug. 2021 Horticultural Vinegar Vinegar, in a concentrated form for herbicide use, can kill plants that are young and tender. Jennifer Aldrich, Better Homes & Gardens, 10 Aug. 2021 However, from 1994 to 2003, monarch populations also dropped steeply, but that decline seems to be driven by herbicide use, as well as changing weather patterns. David Kindy, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 July 2021 At least one product offers a hose-end applicator filled with the herbicide that makes treatment easier. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, 26 June 2021 Chopping it back as far as possible and then spraying or painting the remaining stem with an herbicide like Roundup should do the trick. Judy Hake, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 15 May 2021 This is a non-selective herbicide that will kill any plant it is applied to. oregonlive, 6 Sep. 2020 When one of those veterans develops an illness that has been linked to herbicide exposure, the government now presumes that the medical condition is service-related. Frank E. Lockwood, Arkansas Online, 9 Aug. 2021 Glyphosate killed more target weed species than any other herbicide before or since. Annie Shattuck, The Conversation, 2 July 2021

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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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The first known use of herbicide was in 1899

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“Herbicide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/herbicide. Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of herbicide

: a chemical used to destroy plants or stop plant growth


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 herbicide (audio) \ adjective
herbicidally \ -​ᵊl-​ē How to pronounce herbicide (audio) \ adverb


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