Definition of pesticide noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈpestɪsaɪd//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpestɪsaɪd//
[countable, uncountable] Growing crops
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a chemical used for killing pests, especially insects vegetables grown without the use of pesticides crops sprayed with pesticide see also herbicide, insecticide See related entries: Growing cropsExtra examples It is claimed that current levels of pesticide do not pose a threat to health. Some weeds have developed resistance to agricultural pesticides. Traces of pesticide in the water were ten times above permissible levels. tests for pesticide contamination in food the risk of pesticide exposure among farm workers the threat to human health from chemical pesticides in our food
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