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1effluent

adjective ef·flu·ent \-ənt\

Definition of EFFLUENT

:  flowing out :  emanating, outgoing <an effluent river>

Origin of EFFLUENT

Latin effluent-, effluens, present participle of effluere to flow out, from ex- + fluere to flow — more at fluid
First Known Use: 1726

2effluent

noun

: liquid (such as sewage or industrial chemicals) that is released as waste

Full Definition of EFFLUENT

:  something that flows out: as
a :  an outflowing branch of a main stream or lake
b :  waste material (as smoke, liquid industrial refuse, or sewage) discharged into the environment especially when serving as a pollutant

Examples of EFFLUENT

  1. The factory has been accused of discharging effluent into the river.

First Known Use of EFFLUENT

1859

Rhymes with EFFLUENT

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