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
anthraciticplay \ˌan(t)-thrə-ˈsi-tik\ adjective
Recent Examples of anthracite from the Web
Cale was born in the spring of 1942 in Garnant, a small village in the Amman River Valley of Wales, a region rich in slow-burning anthracite coal.
The four characters of this early work by Mr. McDonagh, an Anglo-Irish dramatist with a wit as hard and black as anthracite coal, also appear to have grown a few sizes.
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Origin and Etymology of anthracite
Greek anthrakitis, from anthrak-, anthrax coal
First Known Use: 1797See Words from the same year
ANTHRACITE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of anthracite for English Language Learners
: a hard type of coal that burns slowly without much smoke or flame
ANTHRACITE Defined for Kids
Definition of anthracite for Students
: a hard glossy coal that burns without much smoke
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