lignite

noun
lig·nite | \ˈlig-ˌnīt \

Definition of lignite 

: a usually brownish black coal intermediate between peat and bituminous coal especially : one in which the texture of the original wood is distinct

called also brown coal

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lignitic \lig-ˈni-tik \ adjective

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While about 22 percent of Germany's electricity still comes from burning lignite — and a further 12 percent from hard coal — some 33 percent is now generated using renewable energy. Fox News, "How Germany is turning wasteland into vast lakeside resorts," 14 June 2018 While about 22 percent of Germany’s electricity still comes from burning lignite — and a further 12 percent from hard coal — some 33 percent is now generated using renewable energy. Washington Post, "How Germany is turning wasteland into vast lakeside resorts," 14 June 2018 Some of the land is thought to still contain 200 million tons of lignite coal — some of the dirtiest coal that can be burned for fuel. Rye Druzin, San Antonio Express-News, "Would you like an aluminum smelter with that ranchland? That’ll be $250 million," 23 May 2018 There are an estimated 200 million tons of lignite coal still on the land along with an industrial building and mining property. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Nearly 30,000 acres of former industrial-use land for sale in Central Texas," 23 May 2018 And in the first of Smil's personal energy transitions, heat came not from wood, but from coal—hard black anthracite from Kladno or dirty brown lignite from North Bohemia. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, "Meet Vaclav Smil, the man who has quietly shaped how the world thinks about energy," 21 Mar. 2018 The San Miguel Electric Cooperative’s longtime lignite mine, which supplies the fuel for its nearby power plant, wants to expand its footprint in McMullen County. Jennifer Hiller, San Antonio Express-News, "Pipeline company and coal mine brawl over South Texas ranch," 20 Oct. 2017 But Berlin's crusading attitude on climate change is undermined by the fact that the country still uses lignite, or brown coal, to produce around a quarter of its electricity. David Meyer, Fortune, "Online Lenders Upbeat About Turnaround, But Worries Linger," 9 Aug. 2017 That, Southern and Mississippi Power said, would reduce the greenhouse emissions of burning lignite by up to 65 percent. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "$7.5 billion Kemper power plant suspends coal gasification," 29 June 2017

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First Known Use of lignite

circa 1808, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lignite

French, from Latin lignum

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