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

Examples of herbicide in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After several trials, Beever found a way: a herbicide that mimics natural plant growth hormones. Bradley White, National Geographic, "The story of the world’s loneliest tree," 24 Dec. 2019 However, Fox also said the higher court's ruling effectively curtailed the farmers' rights to due process and their right to appeal the Plant Board's ban of a herbicide linked to crop damage the past three growing seasons. Stephen Steed, Arkansas Online, "Decision on plant panel hits state law," 20 Dec. 2019 Therefore a broadleafed herbicide containing 2,4-D will eliminate it. Neil Sperry, ExpressNews.com, "Night-blooming cereus can be repotted now if you have a greenhouse," 14 Nov. 2019 The feed is grown without most synthetic pesticides, fungicides, herbicides or fertilizers and 100% of the agricultural ingredients must be certified organic. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Only cage-free eggs to be sold in Michigan under new state law," 22 Nov. 2019 These techniques conserve soil moisture, encourage soil health, and reduce dependence on fertilizer and herbicides. Peter Johnston, Quartz Africa, "South Africa’s farms face an existential threat from climate change," 20 Nov. 2019 Proponents say that the animals provide a more sustainable alternative to herbicide and a more economically effective alternative to human brush-removal efforts. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Hungry Goats Helped Save the Reagan Library from a California Wildfire," 5 Nov. 2019 The agricultural practice of corn monoculture alongside petrochemical fertilizers and herbicides are degrading our soil, making our farmlands less fertile every year. Matthew Wadiak, Quartz, "In the age of farm-to-table, only a small fraction of US farmers are profitable," 15 Oct. 2019 Be sure to move any liquids such as herbicides into the basement if they are stored in an unheated garage. Tim Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Watering doesn’t end with fall, but irrigation systems need to be winterized," 5 Nov. 2019

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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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15 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Herbicide.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/herbicide. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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How to pronounce herbicide (audio)

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

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