returns elements in this or the supplied collection, removing duplicates

Like intersection, union is a less natural operation on a collection pipeline. Instead it's more suited to nested operator expressons. Indeed it's even less useful as a full operator than intersection is, since it is easily built by composing concat with distinct

# => [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
(distinct (concat [1 2 3] [3 4 5]))
;; => (1 2 3 4 5)

Some languages, like ruby, provide an infix operator for untion (in Ruby it's "|") but as with any infix operator, it doesn't work well with pipelines.

As with intersection, there is a union function in Clojure's set namespace, but using it requires you to turn convert any sequence into a set and back again, so the combination of distinct and concat is usually better.

This page describes an operation in the collection pipeline pattern. For more context read: