fusel oil

[ fyoo-zuh l, -suh l ]
/ ˈfyu zəl, -səl /


a mixture consisting chiefly of amyl alcohols obtained as a by-product in the fermentation of grains.

Origin of fusel oil

First recorded in 1855–60, fusel oil is from the German word Fusel bad liquor
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British Dictionary definitions for fusel oil

fusel oil


/ (ˈfjuːzəl) /


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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Science 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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