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The Oxford Companion to Australian Military History (2 ed.)

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2009

is the term used to describe a mixture of the herbicide chemicals 2,4D and 2,4,5T, used as a defoliant during

Agent Orange

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The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military

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2002

a defoliant used by the United States in the Vietnam War to destroy the Vietcong's forest cover and food supply.

Agent Orange

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The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (2 ed.)

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a defoliant chemical used by the US in the Vietnam War.

defoliant

defoliant  

An herbicide that selectively kills plants with broad leaves, used in conifer forests to eliminate so-called weed trees that compete for nutriment. Several varieties are widely used as domestic and ...
dioxin

dioxin  

A toxic solid, formed in the manufacture of the herbicide 2,4,5-T and present as an impurity in Agent Orange. It can cause skin disfigurement (chloracne) and severe fetal defects.
Dow Shalt Not Kill

Dow Shalt Not Kill  

During the Vietnam War, a slogan of antiwar protesters, directed at the Dow Chemical Company, manufacturer of napalm and an estimated three-fourths of the defoliant Agent Orange used in Vietnam. ...
herbicide

herbicide  

A chemical substance which suppresses, and is usually designed to eliminate, plant growth. It may be a non-selective weed-killer (e.g. paraquat); or selective, for example, eliminating dicotyledonous ...
mutagen

mutagen  

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An agent that increases the mutation rate within an organism. Examples of mutagens are X-rays, gamma rays, neutrons, and certain chemicals such as carcinogens.
Official history

Official history  

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The Australian government has commissioned and underwritten four separate series of official war histories, dealing with Australian involvement in the First and Second World Wars, the Korean War, and ...
Ranch Hand, Operation

Ranch Hand, Operation  

The aerial mission to apply herbicide defoliants in the Vietnam War between 1962 and 1971. This operation, under control of the U.S. Air Force, accounted for the vast majority of ...
Repatriation

Repatriation  

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In Australian usage, repatriation has three meanings: (i) the process of returning men to their country of origin at the end of a war; (ii) a short-hand term for the ...
2,4,5-T

2,4,5-T  

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2,4,5-trichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4,5-trichlorophenoxyethanoic acid): a synthetic auxin formerly widely used as a herbicide and defoliant. It is now banned in many countries, as it tends to become ...
2,3,7,8-TCDD

2,3,7,8-TCDD  

2,3,7,8-Tetrachlorodibenzodioxin, a member of the family of dioxin compounds that was a contaminant in a broad-leaf herbicide used to kill weed trees, and as agent orange, used in massive quantities ...
Vietnam Veterans' Association

Vietnam Veterans' Association  

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(VVA)Formed in 1979–80 as the Vietnam Veterans' Association of Australia (VVAA), the VVA was a product of dissatisfaction on the part of a minority of Vietnam veterans at official ...

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