- a chemical preparation for destroying plant, fungal, or animal pests.
Origin of pesticide
Also called biocide.
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Examples from the Web for pesticide
Those might include BPA (which is found in many plastics), pesticide residue, and both legal and not-so-legal drugs.5 Healthier Ways to Detox (That Aren’t Juice Cleanses)
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In many rural Chinese homes, a jar of pesticide—often a variety banned in Western countries—sits in the family outhouse.
But the pesticide that ensures an abundant crop all too often reaps sorrow.
Experts attribute this change to a decrease in pesticide access.
All through the wooded area, he could see occasional members of the pesticide robots.
Within minutes, more and more of the pesticide robots were swarming towards and into the clearing.
Two hundred pesticide robots were ranged around the perimeter of the clearing, their weapons facing inward.
The laws and recommendations for pesticide application may have changed since the articles were written.Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Second Annual Meeting
Northern Nut Growers Association
- a chemical used for killing pests, esp insects and rodents
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Word Origin and History for pesticide
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- A chemical used to kill pests, especially insects.
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- 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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