rodenticide

noun

ro·​den·​ti·​cide rō-ˈden-tə-ˌsīd How to pronounce rodenticide (audio)
: an agent that kills, repels, or controls rodents

Examples of rodenticide in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In Flaco’s case, the rodenticides in his system could have turned a nonlethal injury into a fatal one. Lauren Oster, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 Apr. 2024 Toxicity tests also determined that Flaco had been exposed to four different anticoagulant rodenticides that are commonly used for rat control in New York City. Ed Shanahan, New York Times, 25 Mar. 2024 Wilson told The Post that rodenticides can cause muscle weakness and hemorrhages when consumed by birds, and those side effects might have caused Flaco to fly into a building. Kyle Melnick, Washington Post, 27 Mar. 2024 After the fall, the bird was found to have had severe pigeon herpesvirus and four different anticoagulant rodenticides, or rat poison, within his system, according to the postmortem testing results released by the Central Park Zoo on March 25. USA TODAY, 26 Mar. 2024 Being an environmental scientist, he’s deeply invested in bobcat conservation – bobcats eating prey that’s been poisoned by rodenticide is one of his big grievances – and wishes only good things for these cats living in the big city. John Metcalfe, The Mercury News, 13 Mar. 2024 Nowadays, these grounds are mowed just twice a year, and haven’t been doused with pesticides or rodenticides since 2018, which was when this 157-acre stretch of land stopped being the San Geronimo Golf Course, and began a journey toward becoming wild, or at least wilder, once again. Cara Buckley, New York Times, 15 Feb. 2024 Cummings said the difference was the second-generation rodenticide vs. first-generation. Ed Stannard, Hartford Courant, 8 Jan. 2024 Window, building and vehicle collisions, as well as lead and pesticide exposure due to hunting with lead ammunition and rodenticide use, were listed as among the top threats. Louis Sahagún, Los Angeles Times, 10 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1903, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rodenticide was in 1903

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“Rodenticide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rodenticide. Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

rodenticide

noun
ro·​den·​ti·​cide rō-ˈdent-ə-ˌsīd How to pronounce rodenticide (audio)
: a chemical substance used to kill rodents

Medical Definition

rodenticide

noun
ro·​den·​ti·​cide rō-ˈdent-ə-ˌsīd How to pronounce rodenticide (audio)
: an agent that kills, repels, or controls rodents

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