pyroligneous acid
noun Etymology: French pyroligneux, from pyr- + ligneux woody, from Latin lignosus, from lignum wood — more at ligneous Date: 1788 an acid reddish-brown aqueous liquid containing chiefly acetic acid, methanol, wood oils, and tars that is obtained by destructive distillation of wood

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  • Pyroligneous acid — Pyroligneous acid, also called wood vinegar, is a dark liquid produced through the natural act of carbonization, which occurs when wood is heated in an airless container during charcoal production. Contents 1 Chemical components 2 Medicinal uses… …   Wikipedia

  • pyroligneous acid — n. a reddish brown liquid obtained by destructive distillation of wood and containing chiefly acetic acid, methanol, acetone, furfural, and various tars and oils …   English World dictionary

  • pyroligneous acid — noun a red brown liquid formed in distillation of wood which contains acetic acid, methanol, acetone, wood oils, and tars • Syn: ↑wood vinegar • Hypernyms: ↑liquid * * * noun : an acid reddish brown aqueous liquid of empyreumatic odor obtained by …   Useful english dictionary

  • pyroligneous acid — Wood Wood, n. [OE. wode, wude, AS. wudu, wiodu; akin to OHG. witu, Icel. vi?r, Dan. & Sw. ved wood, and probably to Ir. & Gael. fiodh, W. gwydd trees, shrubs.] [1913 Webster] 1. A large and thick collection of trees; a forest or grove; frequently …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pyroligneous acid — medžio actas statusas T sritis chemija apibrėžtis Actas, gaunamas be oro kaitinant medieną. atitikmenys: angl. pyroligneous acid; wood vinegar rus. древесный уксус …   Chemijos terminų aiškinamasis žodynas

  • pyroligneous acid — noun a dark liquid, produced by the destructive distillation of wood, containing acetic acid, methanol, oils and tars; once used as a commercial source of acetic acid …   Wiktionary

  • pyroligneous acid — Chem. a yellowish, acidic, water soluble liquid, containing about 10 percent acetic acid, obtained by the destructive distillation of wood: used for smoking meats. Also called wood vinegar. [1780 90] * * * …   Universalium

  • pyroligneous acid — py•ro•lig′ne•ous ac′id [[t]ˌpaɪ rəˈlɪg ni əs[/t]] n. chem. a yellowish liquid distilled from wood, composed of acetic acid, acetone, and methyl alcohol: used for smoking meats • Etymology: 1780–90 …   From formal English to slang

  • pyroligneous acid — /ˌpaɪroʊˌlɪgniəs ˈæsəd/ (say .puyroh.ligneeuhs asuhd) noun an acidic distillate obtained from wood and containing about 10 per cent acetic acid; wood vinegar …   Australian English dictionary

  • Pyroligneous — Pyr o*lig ne*ous, Pyrolignic Pyr o*lig nic, a. [Pyro + L. lignum wood: cf. F. pyroligneux.] (Old Chem.) Pertaining to, or designating, the acid liquid obtained in the distillation of wood, consisting essentially of impure acetic acid. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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