or py·ro·lig·nic

[pahy-ruh-lig-nee-uh s or pahy-ruh-lig-nik]


produced by the distillation of wood.

Origin of pyroligneous

First recorded in 1780–90; pyro- + ligneous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for pyroligneous




(of a substance) produced by the action of heat on wood, esp by destructive distillation

Word Origin for pyroligneous

C18: from French pyroligneux, from pyro- + ligneux ligneous
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