One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A synthetic viscous toxic compound used as an insecticide.
- ‘Organochlorine insecticides include chemicals such as DDT, methoxychlor, heptachlor, chlordane, toxaphene, aldrin, endrin, dieldrin, and lindane.’
- ‘Those chemicals are identified in schedule 2 of the legislation as aldrin, chlordane, dieldrin, endrin, heptachlor, hexachlorobenzene, mirex, toxaphene, polychlorinated biphenyls, and DDT.’
- ‘Old books said to use DDT, lindane or chlordane, all toxic pesticides now banned in the United States.’
- ‘Aldicarb, aldrin, chlordane, DDT, dieldrin, lindane, mirex, PCBs, and toxaphene are present in all our country's ecosystems, animals, and humans.’
- ‘Of the many hundreds of POPs in our environment, some of the worst are: PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls), chlordane, DDT, toxaphene, hexachlorobenzene and dioxin.’
1940s: from chlor- (representing chlorine) + (in)dene + -ane.
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