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pyroligneous acid

noun, Chemistry.
a yellowish, acidic, water-soluble liquid, containing about 10 percent acetic acid, obtained by the destructive distillation of wood: used for smoking meats.
Also called wood vinegar.
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First recorded in 1780-90 Unabridged
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pyroligneous acid

the crude reddish-brown acidic liquid obtained by the distillation of wood and containing acetic acid, methanol, and acetone Also called wood vinegar
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