na·​led ˈnā-ˌled How to pronounce naled (audio)
: a nonpersistent organophosphate insecticide C4H7Br2Cl2O4P used especially to control crop pests and mosquitoes

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Publicized just one day in advance, the flight quickly drew complaints from critics who oppose the use of naled, which is banned in Europe. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, 16 June 2017 But the naled used to kill them also kills bees, butterflies and bats, among other pollinators, and is banned in the European Union. By Ethan Bauer, miamiherald, 30 June 2017 Approximately one million pounds of naled are used every year in the U.S., 70% of which is for mosquito control. Time, 30 June 2017

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Word History


origin unknown

First Known Use

circa 1962, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of naled was circa 1962

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“Naled.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition


na·​led ˈnā-ˌled How to pronounce naled (audio)
: a short-lived organophosphate insecticide C4H7Br2Cl2O4P of moderate toxicity to warm-blooded animals that is used especially to control crop pests and mosquitoes
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