kai·​ro·​mone ˈkī-rə-ˌmōn How to pronounce kairomone (audio)
: 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

Word History


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

First Known Use

1970, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of kairomone was in 1970

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Cite this Entry

“Kairomone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kairomone. Accessed 2 Oct. 2023.

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