fusel oil

noun
fu·​sel oil | \ ˈfyü-zəl- How to pronounce fusel oil (audio) \

Definition of fusel oil

: an acrid oily liquid occurring in insufficiently distilled alcoholic liquors, consisting chiefly of amyl alcohol, and used especially as a source of alcohols and as a solvent

First Known Use of fusel oil

1850, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fusel oil

partial translation of German Fuselöl, from Fusel "distilled spirits of poor quality," probably originally in Low German dialects, of obscure origin

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“Fusel oil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fusel%20oil. Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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fusel oil

noun
fu·​sel oil | \ ˈfyü-zəl- How to pronounce fusel oil (audio) \

Medical Definition of fusel oil

: an acrid oily liquid occurring in insufficiently distilled alcoholic liquors, consisting chiefly of amyl alcohol, and used especially as a source of alcohols and as a solvent

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