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pyroligneous acid

pyroligneous acid (pĪˌrəlĭgˈnēəs) [key], a dark liquid that is essentially a mixture of acetic acid and methanol (wood alcohol) and is obtained in the destructive distillation of wood. It once served as a commercial source of acetic acid.

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