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 Glyphosate ― the key ingredient in Roundup ― is an insidious herbicide. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, "How to remove a tree stump the organic way," 30 Jan. 2020 Stevens later recused himself from ruling on a case involving war veterans' exposure to Agent Orange, an herbicide linked to cancer and other diseases. oregonlive, "John Paul Stevens, longtime leader of Supreme Court’s liberal wing, dies at 99," 16 July 2019 Those measures, filed by environmental groups, would have tightened the state's aerial herbicide spraying laws, restricted logging in landslide-prone areas and prohibited conflicts of interest for appointees to the state Board of Forestry. oregonlive, "Court overturns Clarno, reinstates clean energy measures for 2020 ballot process," 17 Jan. 2020 Before joining the Trump administration, Adcock was the chief lobbyist for the herbicide industry’s trade group, of which Dow was a prominent member. Derek Kravitz, ProPublica, "These Emails Show a Trump Official Helping Her Former Chemical Industry Colleagues," 14 Jan. 2020 Glyphosate, more commonly known as Roundup, is an herbicide and a probable carcinogen. Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, "Nearly all Sonoma County vineyards are certified sustainable," 12 Sep. 2019 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

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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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12 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

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

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

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