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charcoal

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noun char·coal \ˈchär-ˌkōl\

Definition of charcoal

  1. 1 :  a dark or black porous carbon prepared from vegetable or animal substances (as from wood by charring in a kiln from which air is excluded)

  2. 2a :  a piece or pencil of fine charcoal used in drawingb :  a charcoal drawing

  3. 3 :  a dark gray

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Origin and Etymology of charcoal

Middle English charcole


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charcoal

verb char·coal

Definition of charcoal

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  charbroil

First Known Use of charcoal

1965


CHARCOAL Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of charcoal for English Language Learners

  • : a hard black material that is made by burning wood with a small amount of air

  • : a dark gray color


CHARCOAL Defined for Kids

charcoal

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noun char·coal \ˈchär-ˌkōl\

Definition of charcoal for Students

  1. :  a black or dark absorbent fuel made by heating wood in the absence of air


Medical Dictionary

charcoal

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noun char·coal \ˈchär-ˌkōl\

Medical Definition of charcoal

  1. :  a dark or black porous carbon prepared from vegetable or animal substances (as from wood by charring in a kiln from which air is excluded)—see activated charcoal



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