Definition of phorate in English:

phorate

noun

  • An organophosphorus systemic and soil insecticide that is effective against a wide range of insects and is also poisonous to humans on contact or ingestion; O,O-diethyl-S-(ethylthio)methylphosphorodithioate, (C₂H₅O)₂PS·S·CH₂SC₂H₅.

Origin

1950s; earliest use found in Journal of Economic Entomology. From phor- (in phosphoro-, an element of the chemical name) + -ate.

Pronunciation

phorate

/ˈfɔːreɪt/