One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- ‘Robert Boyle's observation in the 1650s that decomposition of animal and human tissues could be prevented by immersing them in spirits of wine was a notable advance.’
- ‘However translations of far older Indian and Chinese medical documents mention products that would need spirits of wine to produce.’
- ‘This was purified and dried and when digested with spirits of wine gave the mauve dye.’
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