bituminous coal


Definition of bituminous coal

: a coal that when heated yields considerable volatile bituminous matter

called also soft coal

Examples of bituminous coal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Flight 93 went down on the barren site of an old strip mine, where generations of laborers had extracted bituminous coal. Paige Williams, The New Yorker, 10 Sep. 2021 In 1920, a typical miner in the United States extracted an average of four tons of bituminous coal per day. Eric Lipton, New York Times, 6 Oct. 2020 Begun in the 1970s, MTM, also called surface mining, escalated in the 1990s as a cheaper way to access the energy-rich bituminous coal beds lying beneath the Appalachian mountain forests. Jessica Wapner, Newsweek, 19 July 2015 In general, bituminous coal, which is the most plentiful type mined in Kentucky and in the U.S., fetches around $50 per ton, according to Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet spokesman John Mura. Allison Ross, The Courier-Journal, 20 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of bituminous coal

1827, in the meaning defined above

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“Bituminous coal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jan. 2022.

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bituminous coal

bi·​tu·​mi·​nous coal | \ bə-ˈtü-mə-nəs-, -ˈtyü- \

Kids Definition of bituminous coal

: a soft coal that gives a lot of smoke when burned

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