pyrethrum

noun
py·​re·​thrum | \ pī-ˈrē-thrəm How to pronounce pyrethrum (audio) , -ˈre- How to pronounce pyrethrum (audio) \

Definition of pyrethrum

1 : any of several chrysanthemums with finely divided often aromatic leaves including ornamentals as well as important sources of insecticides
2 : an insecticide made from the dried heads of any of several Old World chrysanthemums (especially Chrysanthemum cinerariaefolium)

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Some gardeners mention pyrethrum as an option for the nymphs, but for the adults, malathion and Sevin are the effective options. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "How to stop the bugs eating your tomatoes, peaches," 21 June 2019 Nymphs can be controlled with insecticidal soap, pyrethrum, rotenone or neem. Ellen Nibali, baltimoresun.com, "Garden Q&A: Black-eyed Susans with fungal leaf spot disease," 11 July 2017

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First Known Use of pyrethrum

circa 1543, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pyrethrum

Latin, pellitory, from Greek pyrethron, from pyr fire

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pyrethrum

noun
py·​re·​thrum | \ pī-ˈrē-thrəm How to pronounce pyrethrum (audio) , -ˈreth-rəm How to pronounce pyrethrum (audio) \

Medical Definition of pyrethrum

1 : any of several chrysanthemums with finely divided often aromatic leaves including ornamentals as well as important sources of insecticides
2 : an insecticide consisting of or derived from the dried heads of any of several Old World chrysanthemums (genus Chrysanthemum of the family Compositae)

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