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also re·pel·lant  (rĭ-pĕl′ənt)
1. Inspiring aversion or distaste; repulsive. See Synonyms at hateful, offensive.
2. Resistant or impervious to a substance. Often used in combination: a water-repellent fabric.
3. Serving or tending to repel something, especially insects: a repellent spray.
Something that repels, especially:
a. A substance used to repel insects.
b. A substance or treatment for making a fabric or surface impervious or resistant to something else.

re·pel′lence, re·pel′len·cy n.
re·pel′lent·ly adv.
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Therefore, effect of abrasion on water repellence properties was examined also.
McGhie DA, Posner AM (1981) The effect of plant top material on the water repellence of fired sands and water repellent soils.
Chan KY (1992) Development of seasonal water repellence under direct drilling.
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