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

Examples of herbicide in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If grassy weeds such as annual bluegrass and rescue grass are the main problem, use a pre-emergent herbicide that is formulated for grassy weeds. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "Calvin Finch: How to prepare your winter vegetable garden," 3 Sep. 2020 Two other volunteers use power drills to set upon the mature coconut trees towering overhead, boring holes and filling them with shots of herbicide. Kenneth R. Weiss, Science | AAAS, "To save this palm-filled paradise, biologists must kill the trees," 27 Aug. 2020 Last year, kale made its way onto the list's top 10 for the first time in over a decade due to new data that suggested pesticide residues on this leafy green included traces of DCPA, a herbicide known under the brand name Dacthal. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, "What Are the Dirty Dozen Foods? Take a Look at the Full 2020 List," 14 July 2020 But herbicide damage can also cause the distorted growth and discoloration, so verify that no herbicides have been sprayed around the roses recently. Tim Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Reddish rose stems with extra thorns are distinct signs of possible rose rosette disease in your garden," 6 Sep. 2020 Where weeds are out of control, an herbicide is needed. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, "How to care for Knock Out roses," 29 Aug. 2020 The legal threat has weighed on Bayer since its 2018 acquisition of Monsanto, maker of the herbicide, with the shares losing more than a third of their value. Joel Rosenblatt, Bloomberg.com, "Bayer’s $11 Billion Roundup Deal Faces New Concerns From Judge," 28 Aug. 2020 But in Colombia, the herbicide is often sprayed over a vast amount of land often without warnings to the workers in the fields, including farmers tending to the coca plants or others cultivating legal crops nearby. Stefano Pozzebon, CNN, "Colombia wants to resume spraying a toxic chemical to fight cocaine. Critics say it's too risky," 28 Aug. 2020 Giving antibiotics to bees surprises many consumers; research shows that antibiotic, pesticide, and herbicide residues have been found in honey samples. Cynthia Sass, Mph, Health.com, "5 Health Benefits of Honey, According to a Nutritionist," 28 Aug. 2020

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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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23 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Herbicide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/herbicide. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for herbicide

herbicide

noun
How to pronounce herbicide (audio)

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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