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[hur-buh-sahyd, ur-] /ˈhɜr bəˌsaɪd, ˈɜr-/

a substance or preparation for killing plants, especially weeds.
a chemical that destroys plants, esp one used to control weeds

1888, originally a trademark name, from herb + -cide.
(hûr’bĭ-sīd’, ûr’-)
A pesticide used to kill weeds. Paraquat is a herbicide. Compare fungicide, insecticide, rodenticide.


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