pre·​emer·​gence ˌprē-ə-ˈmər-jən(t)s How to pronounce preemergence (audio)
: used or occurring before emergence of seedlings above the ground
preemergence herbicides

Word History

First Known Use

1935, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of preemergence was in 1935

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“Preemergence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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