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effluent

noun [C or U]     /ˈef.lu.ənt/ specialized
liquid waste that is sent out from factories or places where sewage is dealt with, usually flowing into the sea or rivers: Effluents from local factories are finding their way into the river.Rubbish and wasteEnvironmental issues
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