Definition of neonicotinoid
- Neonicotinoids are neurotoxins that, as the name implies, chemically resemble nicotine. They are considered safer for humans than many other classes of pesticides, because they interfere with neural pathways that are more common in insects than in mammals …
- —Elizabeth Kolbert, New Yorker, 6 Aug. 2007
- French and German beekeepers blame their losses on insecticides called neonicotinoids—but France banned them 10 years ago and its bees are still dying.
- —Debora MacKenzie, New Scientist, 14 Feb. 2009