[fawr-eyt, fohr-]

noun Chemistry.

a systemic insecticide, C7H17O2PS3, used especially as a soil treatment for the control of numerous crop-damaging insects.

Nearby words

  1. phony,
  2. phony disease,
  3. phony war,
  4. phony-baloney,
  5. phooey,
  6. phorbol,
  7. phorcys,
  8. phoresis,
  9. phoresy,
  10. phoria

Origin of phorate

1955–60; probably by shortening of the name of one of its chemical components, (phos)phor(odithio)ate; see phosphoro-, dithionous, -ate2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019