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exterminator

[ik-stur-muh-ney-ter]
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noun
  1. a person or thing that exterminates.
  2. a person or business establishment specializing in the elimination of vermin, insects, etc., from a building, apartment, etc., especially by the controlled application of toxic chemicals.
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Origin of exterminator

From the Late Latin word exterminātor, dating back to 1605–15. See extermine, -ator
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Historical Examples of exterminator

  • Cook as an exterminator of the human species seemed too glittering a novelty.

  • Sometimes they are enemies who must be immolated to Mars the exterminator.

    A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 5 (of 10)

    Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)

  • What would the Black Spider need to do to escape her exterminator?

    More Hunting Wasps

    J. Henri Fabre

  • Now, apparently, he was being pressed into service as an exterminator.

    Student Body

    Floyd L. Wallace

  • But neither supposition proved to be correct, for we presently picked up the “exterminator,” floating near us.

    The Island Home

    Richard Archer


Word Origin and History for exterminator

n.

c.1400, "an angel who expells (people from a country)," from Late Latin exterminator, from Latin exterminatus, past participle stem of exterminare (see exterminate). As a substance for ridding a place of rats, etc., by 1848. As a person whose job it is to do this, by 1938.

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