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A reddish-brown wood distillate containing acetic acid, methyl alcohol, acetone, and a tarry residue. Also called wood vinegar.
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(Elements & Compounds) the crude reddish-brown acidic liquid obtained by the distillation of wood and containing acetic acid, methanol, and acetone. Also called: wood vinegar
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py•ro•lig′ne•ous ac′id(ˌpaɪ rəˈlɪg ni əs)
a yellowish liquid distilled from wood, composed of acetic acid, acetone, and methyl alcohol: used for smoking meats.
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|Noun||1.||pyroligneous acid - a red-brown liquid formed in distillation of wood which contains acetic acid, methanol, acetone, wood oils, and tars|
liquid - a substance that is liquid at room temperature and pressure
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