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fusel oil

[fyoo-zuh l, -suh l] /ˈfyu zəl, -səl/
a mixture consisting chiefly of amyl alcohols obtained as a by-product in the fermentation of grains.
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1855-60; < German Fusel bad liquor Unabridged
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fusel oil

a mixture of amyl alcohols, propanol, and butanol: a by-product in the distillation of fermented liquors used as a source of amyl alcohols
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C19: from German Fusel bad spirits
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fusel oil
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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