pesticide

[ pes-tuh-sahyd ]
/ ˈpɛs təˌsaɪd /

noun

a chemical preparation for destroying plant, fungal, or animal pests.

Nearby words

  1. pestalozzi, johann heinrich,
  2. pester,
  3. pester power,
  4. pesthole,
  5. pesthouse,
  6. pestiferous,
  7. pestiferously,
  8. pestilence,
  9. pestilent,
  10. pestilential

Origin of pesticide

First recorded in 1935–40; pest + -i- + -cide

Also called biocide.

Related formspes·ti·cid·al, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for pesticide

pesticide

/ (ˈpɛstɪˌsaɪd) /

noun

a chemical used for killing pests, esp insects and rodents
Derived Formspesticidal, adjective

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Word Origin and History for pesticide

pesticide

n.

1939, a hybrid coined from English pest + Latinate -cide.

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Medicine definitions for pesticide

pesticide

[ pĕstĭ-sīd′ ]

n.

A chemical used to kill pests, especially insects.

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Science definitions for pesticide

pesticide

[ pĕstĭ-sīd′ ]

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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