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 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, "The Cancer Epidemic in Central Appalachia," 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, "Kentucky coal linked to punishment of naughty children by shadowy international figure," 20 Dec. 2017

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1827, in the meaning defined above

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“Bituminous coal.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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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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