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fusel oil

[ fyoo-zuhl, -suhl ]
/ ˈfyu zəl, -səl /
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noun
a mixture consisting chiefly of amyl alcohols obtained as a by-product in the fermentation of grains.
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Origin of fusel oil

First recorded in 1850–55; from German Fusel “bad liquor” + oil
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British Dictionary definitions for fusel oil

fusel oil

fusel

/ (ˈfjuːzəl) /

noun
a mixture of amyl alcohols, propanol, and butanol: a by-product in the distillation of fermented liquors used as a source of amyl alcohols

Word Origin for fusel oil

C19: from German Fusel bad spirits
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Scientific definitions for fusel oil

fusel oil
[ fyōōzəl ]

An acrid, oily, poisonous liquid occurring in the distillation products of fermented alcoholic liquids. Fusel oil is a mixture of amyl alcohols, fatty acids, and esters. It is used in paints, plastics, and varnishes, and in the manufacture of explosives.
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