neo·​nic ˈnē-ō-ˌnik How to pronounce neonic (audio)
plural neonics
: neonicotinoid
Neonics, which are chemically related to nicotine, are fast becoming the most widely used insecticides in the world.Joel Bleifuss

Word History


by shortening

First Known Use

2006, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of neonic was in 2006

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“Neonic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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