- a solution resulting from leaching, as of soluble constituents from soil, landfill, etc., by downward percolating ground water: Leachates in the town's water supply have been traced to a chemical-waste dump.
Origin of leachate
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- water that carries salts dissolved out of materials through which it has percolated, esp polluted water from a refuse tip
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Word Origin and History for leachate
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