kairomone

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noun kai·ro·mone \ˈkī-rə-ˌmōn, -rō-\

Definition of kairomone

  1. :  a chemical substance emitted by one species and especially an insect or plant that has an adaptive benefit (such as a stimulus for oviposition) to another species

Origin and Etymology of kairomone

Greek kairos critical time, opportunity + English -mone (as in pheromone)


First Known Use: 1970


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