Definition of yellow rain in English:

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yellow rain


A toxic yellow substance reported as falling in Southeast Asia, alleged to be a chemical warfare agent but now believed to consist of contaminated bee droppings.
Example sentences
  • Reports in the 1970s of Yellow Rain, alleged chemical/toxin weapons attacks in Southeast Asia and Afghanistan, sparked the first large-scale investigation conducted by the United States into allegations of chemical and biological weapons (CBW) use.
  • The debate goes on for some time until an alternative explanation for the Yellow rain was presented, namely bee droppings.

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Syllabification: yel·low rain

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