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yellow rain

noun
1.
small, powdery yellow deposits containing the fungal toxin tricothecene, found on leaves and other surfaces in Southeast Asia and Afghanistan in the early 1980s and alleged by some to be a chemical weapon disseminated by air but claimed by others to be pollen-containing bee excrement contaminated by fungus.
Origin
1975-1980
1975-80
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yellow rain

noun
1.
a type of yellow precipitation described in parts of SE Asia and alleged by some to be evidence of chemical warfare using mycotoxins
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yellow rain

airborne substance that was alleged to have been used in biological attacks in Southeast Asia from the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s.

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