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fusel oil




A poisonous, clear, colorless liquid with a disagreeable smell. It consists of a mixture of amyl alcohol, obtained as a by-product of the fermentation of plant materials containing sugar and starch. Fusel oil also occurs as a dangerous impurity in badly made spirit drinks. It is used as a solvent for waxes, resins, fats, and oils, and in the manufacture of explosives and pure amyl alcohols.


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