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In sense 2, from French -cide, from Latin -cida (“cutter, killer”), from -cid (combining form of caedō (“cut, kill”)) + -a (“-er”) (used for form agent nouns). In sense 1 (now the primary sense), by extension from sense 2.
- The killing of the person or thing indicated by the first component of the word. (This applies to all of the derived terms listed below.)
- A killer of the person or thing indicated by the first component of the word. (This applies to some, but not all, of the derived terms listed below.)
- androcide, ceticide, cosmocide, cosmicide, culicide, famacide, gonocide, hosticide, malecide, mycocide, muscicide, parenticide, pulicicide, pulicide, tauricide, verspacide,