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herbicide

[ hur-buh-sahyd, ur- ]
/ ˈhɜr bəˌsaɪd, ˈɜr- /
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noun
a substance or preparation for killing plants, especially weeds.
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Origin of herbicide

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

OTHER WORDS FROM herbicide

her·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 forms of herbicide

herbicidal, adjective
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Scientific 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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