Definition of insecticide in English:

insecticide

noun

  • A substance used for killing insects.

    ‘the use of chemical insecticides’
    mass noun ‘the timber can be treated with insecticide’
    • ‘However, most horn fly populations in Nebraska are resistant to pyrethroid insecticides.’
    • ‘Also mites may be developing resistance to some of the currently used chemical insecticides.’
    • ‘This means doing it as Mother Nature intended without the aid of poisonous chemicals and insecticides.’
    • ‘In addition to treating with insecticides, legs may be dipped in a mixture of two parts raw linseed oil and kerosene.’
    • ‘In any case, soybeans should not be treated with insecticides at planting time.’
    • ‘The effect of these chemicals, particularly insecticides, has been studied for many decades.’
    • ‘International aid workers launch a blitz to hand out a million insecticide treated mosquito nets.’
    • ‘At some airports, the cabin is sprayed with insecticides, the chemicals used probably being pyrethroids.’
    • ‘Farmers who can afford them rely heavily on chemical insecticides to control Maruca.’
    • ‘Other chemical insecticides were used on occasion, but only on a short-term basis.’
    • ‘Product labels caution people to handle organophosphate insecticides with respect.’
    • ‘What I did not know was that the orchard had been sprayed with the insecticide Lindane the day before.’
    • ‘The use of Bt is often claimed to be less harmful to human and environmental health than chemical insecticides.’
    • ‘The chemicals we call pesticides include insecticides, herbicides, and fungicides.’
    • ‘Soybean fields are generally not treated with insecticides and may have abundant food resources.’
    • ‘Your report incorrectly stated that organic food has not had various chemicals like fertilisers or insecticides sprayed on it.’
    • ‘All leading soil insecticides offer roots substantial protection against rootworm.’
    • ‘The infestation was successfully treated with insecticides.’
    • ‘Environmental pollutants, such as pesticides and insecticides, may enter the human body through the food chain.’
    • ‘Among the substances currently being studied for their potential as delousing agents in salmon are the pyrethroid insecticides.’

Pronunciation

insecticide

/ɪnˈsɛktɪsʌɪd/