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
ligniticplay \lig-ˈni-tik\ adjective
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The bucket-wheel excavator is twice as long as a soccer field and as tall as a 30-story building, and digs up 30 million tons of lignite per year.
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Origin and Etymology of lignite
French, from Latin lignum
First Known Use: circa 1808See Words from the same year
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