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preemergence

[pree-i-mur-juh ns] /ˌpri ɪˈmɜr dʒəns/
adjective
1.
occurring or applied before the emergence of a plant from the soil:
preemergence herbicide.
Origin of preemergence
1930-1935
1930-35; pre- + emergence
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