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

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 main living space is a large, solarium-like room with angled skylights and a custom gas fireplace made of glass and anthracite stone. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, 19 May 2022 The mainplate and bridges are treated in anthracite NAC, and the piece includes a triple calendar reading the date, day and month and indications for the age of the moon, as well as precision moon phase indications. Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, 17 Dec. 2021 The first location burned coal at 900 degrees using high-grade anthracite from Pennsylvania, giving the pies a charred, crispy taste that Bruno missed from New York. Phillip Valys,, 11 Oct. 2021 Lily pollen, the handkerchief petals white in the station’s anthracite air. Cynthia Zarin, The New Yorker, 19 July 2021 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 See More

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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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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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