ETYM Latin repellens, -entis, p. pr.
Incapable of absorbing or mixing with; SYN. resistant.
disgustful · disgusting · distasteful · foul · loathly · loathsome · nonabsorbent · nonabsorptive · offensive · rebarbative · repellant · repelling · resistant · revolting · skanky · unpleasant · wicked · yucky
A chemical substance that repels; SYN. repellant.
Anything whose smell, taste, or other properties discourages nearby creatures. Insect repellent is usually a chemical substance that keeps, for example, mosquitoes at bay; natural substances include citronella, lavender oil, and eucalyptus oils. A device that emits ultrasound waves is also claimed to repel insects and small mammals.
The bitter-tasting denatonium saccharide may be added to medicines to prevent consumption by children, and to plastic garbage bags to repel foraging animals.