anthracite

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an·thra·cite

noun \ˈan(t)-thrə-ˌsīt\

: a hard type of coal that burns slowly without much smoke or flame

Full Definition of ANTHRACITE

:  a hard natural coal of high luster differing from bituminous coal in containing little volatile matter and in burning very cleanly —called also hard coal
an·thra·cit·ic \ˌan(t)-thrə-ˈsi-tik\ adjective

Origin of ANTHRACITE

Greek anthrakitis, from anthrak-, anthrax coal
First Known Use: 1811

Other Geology Terms

boulder, cwm, erratic, igneous, intrusive, mesa, sedimentary, silt, swale

Rhymes with ANTHRACITE

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anthracite

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Coal containing more fixed carbon than any other form of coal and the lowest amount of volatile (quickly evaporating) material, giving it the greatest heat value. The most valuable of the coals, it is also the least plentiful, making up less than 2% of all coal reserves in the U.S., with most of the known deposits occurring in the East. Anthracites are black and have a brilliant, almost metallic lustre. Hard and brittle, they can be polished and used for decorative purposes. They are difficult to ignite but burn with a pale-blue flame and require little attention to sustain combustion. In the past they were used for domestic heating, but today they have given way to other sources of energy (e.g., natural gas and electricity).

Variants of ANTHRACITE

anthracite or hard coal

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