herbicide

[ hur-buh-sahyd, ur- ]
/ ˈhɜr bəˌsaɪd, ˈɜr- /

noun

a substance or preparation for killing plants, especially weeds.

Nearby words

  1. herbed,
  2. herbert,
  3. herbert's operation,
  4. herbert, george,
  5. herbert, victor,
  6. herbivore,
  7. herbivorous,
  8. herblock,
  9. herbology,
  10. herborist

Origin of herbicide

First recorded in 1895–1900; herb + -i- + -cide

Related formsher·bi·cid·al, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for herbicide

herbicide

/ (ˈhɜːbɪˌsaɪd) /

noun

a chemical that destroys plants, esp one used to control weeds
Derived Formsherbicidal, adjective

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Word Origin and History for herbicide

herbicide

n.

1888, originally a trademark name, from herb + -cide.

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Science definitions for herbicide

herbicide

[ hûrbĭ-sīd′, ûr- ]

A pesticide used to kill weeds. Paraquat is a herbicide. Compare fungicide insecticide rodenticide.
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