fusel oil[fyo̵̅o̅′zəl, -səl]
fusel oil definition by Webster's New World
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an oily, acrid, poisonous liquid occurring in imperfectly distilled alcoholic products and consisting chiefly of amyl alcohols: small amounts contribute to the characteristic flavor of a whiskey
Origin: German fusel, inferior liquor ; from Classical Latin fusilis, fusil
fusel oil definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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An acrid, oily, poisonous liquid mixture of amyl alcohols, occurring in incompletely distilled alcoholic liquids and used as a solvent and in the manufacture of explosives and pure amyl alcohols.
Origin: German Fusel, bad liquor, from Low German.
fusel oil - Science Definition
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.