pyroligneous acid


noun Chemistry.

a yellowish, acidic, water-soluble liquid, containing about 10 percent acetic acid, obtained by the destructive distillation of wood: used for smoking meats.

Nearby words

  1. pyrography,
  2. pyrogravure,
  3. pyrokinesis,
  4. pyrolatry,
  5. pyroligneous,
  6. pyroligneous alcohol,
  7. pyrolize,
  8. pyrolusite,
  9. pyrolyse,
  10. pyrolysis

Origin of pyroligneous acid

First recorded in 1780–90

Also called wood vinegar.

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British Dictionary definitions for pyroligneous acid

pyroligneous acid

noun

the crude reddish-brown acidic liquid obtained by the distillation of wood and containing acetic acid, methanol, and acetoneAlso called: wood vinegar
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