[fawr-eyt, fohr-]
noun Chemistry.
a systemic insecticide, C 7 H 1 7 O 2 PS 3 , used especially as a soil treatment for the control of numerous crop-damaging insects.

1955–60; probably by shortening of the name of one of its chemical components, (phos)phor(odithio)ate; see phosphoro-, dithionous, -ate2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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