brown coal

noun

Examples of brown coal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The last of the brown coal exited that pit in 1997. Alicia Adamczyk, Fortune Europe, 9 July 2024 Hazelwood was erected to burn brown coal from an adjacent open-pit mine. Stephen Pyne, Scientific American, 16 Apr. 2024 The five chunks of brown coal, each no bigger than a matchbox, add further evidence of the port’s antiquity. J. Besl, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 Mar. 2024 The regional power supplier, RWE, had already bought the land from farmers to expand its mining for brown coal, which the protesters pointed out is an especially polluting fuel. BostonGlobe.com, 14 Jan. 2023 For its part, the German power provider has defended the eviction of the protesters and the mining of the brown coal. Bychristiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 16 Jan. 2023 Friis initially specialized in lignite, or brown coal, a precursor of black coal that forms from decaying vegetation. Ben Crair, The New Yorker, 2 Jan. 2023 The European Union generated 22% of its power with coal and its sister fuel lignite, also known as brown coal, in the first two weeks of December, said Mr. Czyżak. Joe Wallace, WSJ, 22 Dec. 2022 The cheapest form – brown coal – was most in demand. Karel Janicek, The Christian Science Monitor, 18 Nov. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1805, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of brown coal was in 1805

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“Brown coal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brown%20coal. Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

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