amphibicide

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

amphibian +‎ -i- +‎ -cide

Noun[edit]

amphibicide (plural amphibicides)

  1. A substance used to kill amphibians.
    • 1989, Andrew S. Kane, David L. Johnson, "Use of TFM (3-Trifluoromethyl-4-Nitrophenol) to Selectively Control Frog Larvae in Fish Production Ponds" The Progressive Fish Culturist: News and Views from Many Sources on Practical Hatchery Problems, Volumes 51-52, page 212
      The toxicant would need to be relabeled by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for use as a selective amphibicide in static culture ponds before it could become available for use as described here.
  2. (chiefly humorous) The killing of an amphibian.
    • 2005, Molly Wolf, White China: Finding the Divine in the Everyday, page 2
      But although I try as much as possible to avoid involuntary amphibicide, EOBM members were out there actually counting and measuring the poor flattened bodies ("female, tibia 34.5 mm"), checking what frogs had last eaten, and mourning the deaths.
    • 2015, Scott D. Sampson, How to Raise a Wild Child: The Art and Science of Falling in Love with Nature, page 2
      Stepping gingerly so as to avoid any inadvertent amphibicide, I eventually found myself at the pond's center, the water now above waist level.
    • 2016, Celia Brayfield, Harvest:
      'The wee girls haven't caught a frog yet, so this talk of amphibicide is all exaggeration.'

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