EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun 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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C19: from German
Fusel bad spirits
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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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