It is soluble in water and possesses an odour resembling that of acetic acid.
As early as 1866, tannic acid, gallic acid, wood spirit, acetic acid, essential oil and eucalyptol were produced from various species of eucalyptus, and researches made by Australian chemists, notably by Messrs.
It may be prepared by the addition of potassium nitrite to an acetic acid solution of cobalt chloride.
Duclaux found that acetic acid is formed in small quantities during fermentation; aldehyde has also been detected.
Berthollet's theoretical views regarding the composition of the metallic oxides, and he also showed Berthollet's "zoonic acid" to be impure acetic acid (1802); but Berthollet (q.v.), so far from resenting these corrections from a younger man, invited him to become a member of the Societe d'Arcueil.