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acid precipitation

meteorological precipitation that is relatively acidic.
Compare acid rain.
Origin of acid precipitation
1975-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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acid precipitation  
Any form of precipitation, including rain, snow, hail, fog, or dew, that is high in acid pollutants, especially sulfuric and nitric acid. Acid precipitation has a pH of less than 5.6 (the normal acidity of unpolluted atmospheric water) and is often less than pH 5.0. Also called acid rain. See Note at acid deposition.
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