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

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Most herbicides are not very effective on Oxalis species. oregonlive.com, "Thinking of planting strawberries in straw bales? Ask an Expert," 27 July 2019 The bot can distinguish between a baby weed and a baby crop, and can annihilate that weed with incredible precision, radically reducing the use of herbicides on fields. Sean Illing, Vox, "The climate crisis and the end of the golden era of food choice," 24 June 2019 Glyphosate herbicides, when applied at spraying strength, will usually kill random vines without harming Asian jasmine. Neil Sperry, ExpressNews.com, "How to care for amaryllis bulbs," 26 July 2019 Alameda County Superior Court Judge Winifred Smith said evidence also supported the finding that Monsanto knew the herbicide’s active ingredient, glyphosate, could be dangerous and failed to warn the couple from Livermore, California. Washington Post, "Judge reduces $2B award in Monsanto Roundup case to $87M," 26 July 2019 The verdict in May was the third by a Bay Area jury against Monsanto, which faces more than 13,000 suits nationwide by users of Roundup, the world’s best-selling herbicide, and related products. Bob Egelko, SFChronicle.com, "Alameda County judge reduces $2 billion jury award in Monsanto case to $86.7 million," 25 July 2019 Computers then tell growers to spray those plants—and only those plants—with insecticide, herbicide, or fungicide. Jeremy Deaton, Quartz, "Artificial intelligence is transforming the way we farm," 24 July 2019 Hardeman is one of more than 13,400 plaintiffs who have sued Bayer and Monsanto over Roundup, saying the herbicide’s active ingredient, glyphosate, is unsafe. Reuters, The Mercury News, "Judge cuts Roundup award from $80 million to $25.3 million; Bayer will appeal," 15 July 2019 The announcement follows three consecutive jury verdicts alleging that Roundup, one of its top-selling herbicides, causes cancer. nola.com, "Roundup maker, embroiled in cancer cases, is putting $5 billion into new kind of weedkiller," 15 June 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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herbicide

noun

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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