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destructive distillation

noun

Definition of DESTRUCTIVE DISTILLATION

:  decomposition of a substance (as wood, coal, or oil) by heat in a closed container and collection of the volatile products produced

First Known Use of DESTRUCTIVE DISTILLATION

circa 1831

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