preemergence

adjective
pre·​emer·​gence | \ˌprē-ə-ˈmər-jən(t)s \

Definition of preemergence 

: used or occurring before emergence of seedlings above the ground preemergence herbicides

First Known Use of preemergence

1935, in the meaning defined above

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