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yellow rain

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 of yellow rain
First recorded in 1975-80 Unabridged
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  • A cherry-tree beside the house was fast losing its leaves in a yellow rain.

    By the Light of the Soul Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • An abundance of pollen in the air accounts for the occasional fall of yellow rain, described as sulphur rain, golden showers, etc.

    Meteorology Charles Fitzhugh Talman
British Dictionary definitions for yellow rain

yellow rain

a type of yellow precipitation described in parts of SE Asia and alleged by some to be evidence of chemical warfare using mycotoxins
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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