metaldehyde

noun
met·​al·​de·​hyde | \ ˌmet-ˈal-də-ˌhīd How to pronounce metaldehyde (audio) \

Definition of metaldehyde

: a crystalline compound (CH3CHO)4 that is a polymer of acetaldehyde and is used as a lure and poison for snails and slugs

First Known Use of metaldehyde

1841, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for metaldehyde

probably from meta- + aldehyde

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“Metaldehyde.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/metaldehyde. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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metaldehyde

noun
met·​al·​de·​hyde | \ ˌmet-ˈal-də-ˌhīd How to pronounce metaldehyde (audio) \

Medical Definition of metaldehyde

: a crystalline compound (C2H4O)n that is a cyclic oligomer of acetaldehyde used as a solid fuel for portable stoves and as a lure and poison for snails

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