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preemergent

or pre-emergent

[pree-i-mur-juh nt] /ˌpri ɪˈmɜr dʒənt/
adjective, Horticulture
1.
of or relating to seedlings before they emerge or appear above ground:
a preemergent weed-killer.
noun
2.
a preemergence chemical, as a herbicide.
Origin of preemergent
1955-1960
1955-60; pre- + emergent
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