an·​thra·​cite | \ ˈan(t)-thrə-ˌsīt How to pronounce anthracite (audio) \

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

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Other Words from anthracite

anthracitic \ ˌan(t)-​thrə-​ˈsi-​tik How to pronounce anthracite (audio) \ adjective

Examples of anthracite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The speaker in black anthracite and green is available now, exclusively at Bang & Olufsen stores and online. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 20 May 2021 With inspiration from forests, glaciers and fjords typically found in Scandinavian landscapes, the Beosound Explore comes in black anthracite, green and gray mist finishes for an understated and natural aesthetic. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 20 May 2021 The aluminum components of the speaker—anodized in house—are available in natural silver, black anthracite or bronze tone, while speaker covers (grilles) can be specified in natural fabric (gray or gray mélange) or, alternately, in wood. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 4 May 2021 During the day, the anthracite turns them a dark gray to contrast against the noir backdrop. Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, 23 Mar. 2021 The anthracite coal miners worked in dangerous conditions, were often underpaid and in debt, and knew the hardship to come. Susan Berfield, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 July 2020 Flying over the state affords a view of fracking wells pulling oil out of the ground and coal trains carrying loads of black anthracite to power plants around the country. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, 1 Aug. 2020 The coal-mining town of Centralia, once home to 2,700 people, was built in the 1850s after a rich deposit of anthracite coal was discovered. Fox News, 18 Feb. 2020 Forge Fuel: Penn Keystone Coal sells clean-burning bituminous and anthracite blacksmith's coal in 50-pound bags protected by a cardboard box. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, 2 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of anthracite

1797, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for anthracite

borrowed from French, borrowed from Greek anthrakītid-, anthrakîtis "a kind of coal," from anthrak-, ánthrax "charcoal, coal" + -ītid-, -ītis, feminine noun suffix of appurtenance — more at anthrax

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The first known use of anthracite was in 1797

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8 Jun 2021

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“Anthracite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of anthracite

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


an·​thra·​cite | \ ˈan-thrə-ˌsīt How to pronounce anthracite (audio) \

Kids Definition of anthracite

: a hard glossy coal that burns without much smoke

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