fusain

noun fu·sain

Definition of fusain

plural

-s

  1. :  a dull constituent closely resembling charcoal that is present in banded bituminous coals and causes much of the dust in coal mines — compare clarain durain vitrain

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Origin and Etymology of fusain

French, spindle tree, charcoal made from spindle-tree wood, fusain, from (assumed) Vulgar Latin fusagin-, fusago, from Latin fusus spindle; from the fact that the wood of the tree was used for spindles


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