larvicide

noun
lar·​vi·​cide | \ ˈlär-və-ˌsīd How to pronounce larvicide (audio) \

Definition of larvicide

: an agent for killing larval pests

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from larvicide

larvicidal \ ˌlär-​və-​ˈsī-​dᵊl How to pronounce larvicidal (audio) \ adjective

Examples of larvicide in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When Zika first spread in 2015, health workers distributed larvicides that killed the mosquitoes that spread the disease. Amanda Taub, New York Times, "How YouTube Radicalized Brazil," 11 Aug. 2019 Mosquito larvicide is easy to use and can be purchased at most home improvement stores. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "2 metro Detroit blood donors test positive for West Nile virus," 5 Sep. 2019 The larvicide being used is not harmful to people, pets, bees, aquatic habitats or environmentally sensitive areas, county officials say. Susannah Bryan, sun-sentinel.com, "Mosquito spraying coming soon to 6 cities," 22 Aug. 2019 Treating standing water that cannot be emptied, such as retention ponds or drainage ditches, with a mosquito larvicide. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "2 metro Detroit blood donors test positive for West Nile virus," 5 Sep. 2019 Two helicopter-loads worth of larvicide were already applied to areas with standing water in Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx earlier this month, SI Live reports. Matt Mcnulty, PEOPLE.com, "Health Officials Warn West Nile Virus Has Been Discovered in New York City Mosquitoes," 25 July 2019 Staff will be looking for areas of standing water, applying larvicide and making sure swimming pools are operating properly. USA TODAY, "Saving whales, Manson murder house: News from around our 50 states," 17 July 2019 Instead, the city focuses on eliminating mosquito habitat disruption — by draining stagnant water pools — and larvicide rather than spraying. Dallas News, "Frisco to apply larvicide after two mosquito pools test positive for West Nile virus," 5 July 2019 After two pools of standing water tested positive for West Nile virus in the city, Frisco will begin treating the area with larvicide. Dallas News, "Frisco to apply larvicide after two mosquito pools test positive for West Nile virus," 5 July 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'larvicide.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of larvicide

circa 1888, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about larvicide

Time Traveler for larvicide

Time Traveler

The first known use of larvicide was circa 1888

See more words from the same year

Statistics for larvicide

Cite this Entry

“Larvicide.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/larvicide. Accessed 26 January 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for larvicide

larvicide

noun
lar·​vi·​cide
variants: also larvacide \ ˈlär-​və-​ˌsīd How to pronounce larvacide (audio) \

Medical Definition of larvicide

: an agent for killing larvae

Other Words from larvicide

larvicidal \ ˌlär-​və-​ˈsīd-​ᵊl How to pronounce larvicidal (audio) \ adjective
larvicidally \ -​ē How to pronounce larvicidally (audio) \ adverb
larviciding \ ˈlär-​və-​ˌsīd-​iŋ How to pronounce larviciding (audio) \ noun

Comments on larvicide

What made you want to look up larvicide? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to express in a more acceptable way

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Intact Latin Quiz

  • roman tablet
  • What did focus mean in Latin?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!