Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English homepage

Date: 1900-2000
Language: Greek
Origin: pherein 'to carry' + English -mone (as in hormone)

pheromone

noun
     
pher‧o‧mone [countable usually plural]
a chemical that is produced by people's and animals' bodies and is thought to influence the behaviour of other people or animals

Dictionary pictures of the day
Do you know what each of these is called?
What is the word for picture 1? What is the word for picture 2? What is the word for picture 3? What is the word for picture 4?
Click on any of the pictures above to find out what it is called.

Explore our topic dictionary