Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A chemical substance used to kill insects.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A substance used to kill insects

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An agent or preparation for destroying insects; an insect powder or spray.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who or that which kills insects.
  • n. The act of killing insects.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a chemical used to kill insects

Etymologies

insect +‎ -cide (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • As any environmentalist can tell you, insecticide is not very nice stuff — especially if you breathe it, which many Third World farmers do as they walk through their fields with backpack sprayers.

    Will Frankenfood Save the Planet?

  • Phoxim is a short-term insecticide with a "knock-down" effect.

    8. Pest control using insecticides

  • For those that don’t know Will – he doesn’t really believe in insecticide, but he and I both agreed this spider was big AND fast enough for the justification for the use of the can of spray.

    Understanding Mom | Cleaning.

  • Neonictinoids are inserted into the seed enabling the insecticide, which is water-soluble, to move throughout its system where ultimately the toxicity is transferred to the nectar and pollen.

    Dr. Reese Halter: Neonictinoids -- Destroying the Web of Life

  • I used a pyrethrin based insecticide, which is usually safe for other life forms, excluding insects.

    madrigle Diary Entry

  • There is a remedy in the powder known as insecticide, which, however, is very disagreeable upon books and shelves.

    The Enemies of Books

  • Among the 17 banned substances was boric acid, commonly used as an insecticide, which is mixed with noodles and meatballs to increase elasticity.

    Original Signal - Transmitting Buzz

  • Methomyl is a key raw material for the production of Bayer's brand-name insecticide, Larvin.

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  • Malaria is preventable and treatable, though, with tools such as insecticide-treated mosquito nets, indoor spraying of insecticides, and anti-malarial drugs.

    Global Voices in English » Global Health: Twitter Face-Off To Fight Malaria

  • Given that corn, used for both food and fuel, has been transformed through technological advances in chemical and genetic engineering to produce an insecticide in its cells (thereby ensuring profitability and promised yields given the increasing demands placed on this commodity) it is now regulated by the EPA as an "insecticide" (source: www. epa.gov) containing patented technologies licensed to Monsanto and is no longer simply reuglated by the FDA and USDA as "food".

    Robyn O'Brien: Bill Gates: A White Knight on a Trojan Horse?

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