anthracite

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noun an·thra·cite \ˈan(t)-thrə-ˌsīt\

Definition of anthracite

  1. :  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

anthracitic

play \ˌan(t)-thrə-ˈsi-tik\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of anthracite

Greek anthrakitis, from anthrak-, anthrax coal


First Known Use: 1797

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ANTHRACITE Defined for English Language Learners

anthracite

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noun an·thra·cite \ˈan(t)-thrə-ˌsīt\

Definition of anthracite for English Language Learners

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


ANTHRACITE Defined for Kids

anthracite

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noun an·thra·cite \ˈan-thrə-ˌsīt\

Definition of anthracite for Students

  1. :  a hard glossy coal that burns without much smoke



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