mol·​lus·​ci·​cide mə-ˈlə-skə-ˌsīd How to pronounce molluscicide (audio) -ˈlə-sə- How to pronounce molluscicide (audio)
: an agent for destroying mollusks (such as snails)
molluscicidal adjective

Examples of molluscicide in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The biopesticide is the first environmentally safe molluscicide to use inside power plants. Lindsey Botts, The Arizona Republic, 25 Apr. 2022 In 2014, the EPA approved open water use of the molluscicide Zequanox, a treatment made up of dead cells from a soil bacteria that specifically targets mussels by destroying their digestive systems. Morgan Greene,, 30 July 2021 The material could even be distributed to the mussels similarly to Zequanox engineering, which involved a frame and tarp system to pump the molluscicide underwater. Morgan Greene,, 30 July 2021

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Word History


New Latin Mollusca + English -i- + -cide

First Known Use

1948, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of molluscicide was in 1948

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Cite this Entry

“Molluscicide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Medical Definition


mol·​lus·​ci·​cide mə-ˈləs-(k)ə-ˌsīd How to pronounce molluscicide (audio)
variants also molluscacide
: an agent for destroying mollusks (as snails)
molluscicidal adjective
also molluscacidal
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