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neonicotinoid Line breaks: neo|nico¦tin|oid
Pronunciation: /ˌniːə(ʊ)ˈnɪkətɪnɔɪd/

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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  • Goulson and his colleagues exposed developing bumblebee colonies to a neonicotinoid called imidacloprid in doses comparable to what they might find in the wild.
  • A team at Scotland's University of Stirling fed bee colonies with doses of imidacloprid, a neonicotinoid used on maize and oilseed rape.
  • A new breed of insecticides known as the neonicotinoids has been grabbing headlines recently; research indicates links to the collapse of honeybee colonies.


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

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