pesticide

[pes-tuh-sahyd]
noun
a chemical preparation for destroying plant, fungal, or animal pests.
Also called biocide.


Origin:
1935–40; pest + -i- + -cide

pesticidal, adjective
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pesticide (ˈpɛstɪˌsaɪd)
 
n
a chemical used for killing pests, esp insects and rodents
 
pesti'cidal
 
adj

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pesticide
1939, a hybrid coined from Eng. pest (q.v.) + -cide.
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pesticide pes·ti·cide (pěs'tĭ-sīd')
n.
A chemical used to kill pests, especially insects.

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pesticide  [%PREMIUM_LINK%]     (pěs'tĭ-sīd')  Pronunciation Key 
A chemical used to kill harmful animals or plants. Pesticides are used especially in agriculture and around areas where humans live. Some are harmful to humans, either from direct contact or as residue on food, or are harmful to the environment because of their high toxicity, such as DDT (which is now banned in many countries). Pesticides include fungicides, herbicides, insecticides, and rodenticides. See more at fungicide, herbicide, insecticide.

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Example sentences
Several different pathogens threaten it, prompting farmers to use ever more
  pesticides.
Older generations of bedbugs weren't resistant to pesticides and lived in
  tougher environments: houses without central heating.
The mosquitoes that carry it have become resistant to pesticides, the parasite
  itself to antimalarial drugs.
And don't try to tell me that evolution explains why insects develop immunity
  to pesticides.
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