[fyoo-zuh l, -suh l]
- 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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Examples from the Web for fusel oil
There are still other kinds of alcohol, some of which are even worse than fusel-oil.First Book in Physiology and Hygiene
Amylene (C5H10), an ethereal liquid with an aromatic odour, prepared from fusel-oil.
There are many poisonous pretenders to Scotch whiskey; and it is when fusel-oil masquerades as pure spirit that the evil comes.Nineteen Centuries of Drink in England
Richard Valpy French
- a mixture of amyl alcohols, propanol, and butanol: a by-product in the distillation of fermented liquors used as a source of amyl alcohols
C19: from German Fusel bad spirits
- 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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