pesticide

noun
pes·​ti·​cide | \ ˈpe-stə-ˌsīd How to pronounce pesticide (audio) \

Definition of pesticide

: an agent used to destroy pests

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Other Words from pesticide

pesticidal \ ˌpe-​stə-​ˈsī-​dᵊl How to pronounce pesticidal (audio) \ adjective

Examples of pesticide in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Colla recently published an analysis of nearly a thousand comments submitted by citizens in response to Ontario’s draft Pollinator Health Action Plan—a proposal that involved a plan for stricter neonicotinoid pesticide regulations. Alison Mcafee, Scientific American, "The Problem with Honey Bees," 4 Nov. 2020 That includes new cut-off dates for dicamba use of June 30 for soybeans and July 30 for cotton, as well as a requirement that farmers mix a buffering agent with the pesticide to decrease its volatility. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy: Trump’s energy chief dismisses foreign threats to US fossil fuel exports," 28 Oct. 2020 Trump reversed previous efforts by EPA to ban chlorpyrifos, a toxic pesticide. Craig Welch, National Geographic, "Trump vs. Biden on the environment—here’s where they stand," 19 Oct. 2020 In an industry that's inextricably tied to the environment — and whose workers suffer from environmental health and justice issues like pesticide drift — there's still not enough being done to protect health and safety. Mark Olalde, USA TODAY, "Climate Point: California moves to ban gas-powered cars. And, vote for fat bears," 25 Sep. 2020 The plane’s funky pesticide storage system also turned out to be a major design flaw that limited the airframe’s usefulness. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Let's Remember the Ugliest Plane That Ever Lived," 24 Sep. 2020 This year's ranking of pesticide contamination considers 47 different fruits and vegetables based on 43,000 plus data points generated by the USDA as well as the Food and Drug Administration. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, "What Are the Dirty Dozen Foods? Take a Look at the Full 2020 List," 14 July 2020 The city will also limit pesticide use, help homeowners join a state program to plant their own pollinator gardens — as well as help homeowners near the park pay for planting those gardens. Greg Stanley, Star Tribune, "Minnetonka settles dispute over mountain bike trail through endangered bee haven," 23 Sep. 2020 With honeybees in decline worldwide due to habitat loss and pesticide use, keeping a hive is something positive people can do for the environment Ozturk said. Shaena Montanari, The Arizona Republic, "Want to be a backyard beekeeper in Phoenix? Here's where to learn how to handle the hives," 22 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of pesticide

circa 1925, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pesticide was circa 1925

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15 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Pesticide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pesticide. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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pesticide

noun
How to pronounce pesticide (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of pesticide

: a chemical that is used to kill animals or insects that damage plants or crops

pesticide

noun
pes·​ti·​cide | \ ˈpe-stə-ˌsīd How to pronounce pesticide (audio) \

Kids Definition of pesticide

: a substance used to destroy pests (as insects or weeds)

pesticide

noun
pes·​ti·​cide | \ ˈpes-tə-ˌsīd How to pronounce pesticide (audio) \

Medical Definition of pesticide

: an agent used to destroy pests

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