a chemical preparation for destroying plant, fungal, or animal pests.
Also called biocide.

1935–40; pest + -i- + -cide

pesticidal, adjective Unabridged
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pesticide (ˈpɛstɪˌsaɪd)
a chemical used for killing pests, esp insects and rodents

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1939, a hybrid coined from Eng. pest (q.v.) + -cide.
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pesticide pes·ti·cide (pěs'tĭ-sīd')
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
One pesticide alone was harmless, but two together increased the damage by more
  than a thousandfold.
The university does not plan to use pesticide to control the insects.
Three-quarters put empty pesticide containers to domestic uses.
Neem oil suffocates insects and contains pesticide properties.
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