neo·​nic·​o·​ti·​noid | \ ˌnē-(ˌ)ō-ˈni-kə-tə-ˌnȯid How to pronounce neonicotinoid (audio) \
plural neonicotinoids

Definition of neonicotinoid

: any of a class of systemic water-soluble insecticides (such as imidacloprid) chemically related to nicotine that are used especially in agriculture to control destructive pests (such as aphids and mites) and that selectively bind to the postsynaptic nicotinic receptors of insects to produce paralysis and death The class of chemicals, called neonicotinoids, is used in agricultural fields worldwide to reduce crop-eating pests.— Beth Mole Neonicotinoids … are applied as seed or soil treatments, and also directly to the foliage of vegetable, orchard, field, turf and ornamental crops.— Kathy Keatley Garvey Several reports have blamed neonicotinoids, a relatively new class of pesticide, for aiding in the nearly decade-long die-off of honeybees.— Douglas Quenqua

called also neonic

First Known Use of neonicotinoid

1993, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for neonicotinoid

neo- + nicotinoid "neurotoxic compound related to nicotine," from nicotine + -oid entry 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about neonicotinoid

Statistics for neonicotinoid

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for neonicotinoid

The first known use of neonicotinoid was in 1993

See more words from the same year

Comments on neonicotinoid

What made you want to look up neonicotinoid? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


marked by turns or indirection

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Summer 2019 Words of the Day Quiz

  • a-bowl-of-peach-sorbet-with-cut-peaches-next-to-it
  • Which is a synonym of desideratum?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!