insecticidal

adjective

in·​sec·​ti·​cid·​al (ˌ)in-ˌsek-tə-ˈsī-dᵊl How to pronounce insecticidal (audio)
1
: destroying or controlling insects
2
: of or relating to an insecticide
insecticidally adverb

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web So, the neem or insecticidal soap must coat the underside of the leaves at just the right time in the season to kill it. oregonlive, 12 Nov. 2022 Their natural enemies live in the garden too, so don’t spray with any kind of pesticide, oil or insecticidal soap. Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Aug. 2022 If the damage gets out of control, try using less toxic organic pest control options such as insecticidal soap or neem oil to take care of the problem. Benjamin Whitacre, Better Homes & Gardens, 3 Aug. 2022 Additionally, insecticidal bait can be used to control their numbers. Cierra Britten, The Enquirer, 28 June 2022 Neem oil or an insecticidal soap will completely remove the insects. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, 28 June 2022 Choose the least-toxic options (insecticidal soaps, horticultural oils, botanical insecticides, and organic and synthetic pesticides — when used judiciously). oregonlive, 1 May 2022 Choose the least-toxic options (insecticidal soaps, horticultural oils, botanical insecticides, and organic and synthetic pesticides — when used judiciously). oregonlive, 1 May 2022 Choose the least-toxic options (insecticidal soaps, horticultural oils, botanical insecticides, and organic and synthetic pesticides — when used judiciously). oregonlive, 1 May 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1857, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of insecticidal was in 1857

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Cite this Entry

“Insecticidal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/insecticidal. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

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