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neonicotinoid Syllabification: ne·o·nic·o·ti·noid
Pronunciation: /ˌnēōˈnikəˌtinoid/

Definition of neonicotinoid in English:


A systemic agricultural insecticide resembling nicotine: studies have found a link between neonicotinoids and declining bee populations
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  • A new breed of insecticides known as the neonicotinoids has been grabbing headlines recently; research indicates links to the collapse of honeybee colonies.
  • In general, compounds known as pyrethroids and neonicotinoids were the best performers, according to the researchers.
  • Neonicotinoids bind irreversibly to receptors in the central nervous system of insects.


1990s: from neo- + nicotinoid, a type of compound chemically related to nicotine.

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