a shiny black, hard, metamorphic coal that contains a low percentage of volatile matter and burns with a smokeless flame: also called hard coal
Origin of anthraciteClassical Greek anthrakitis, kind of coal from anthrax, coal
A dense, shiny coal that has a high carbon content and little volatile matter and burns with a clean flame. Also called hard coal .
Origin of anthraciteProbably ultimately from Greek anthrakitis a kind of coal from anthrax anthrak- charcoal
From Latin, from Ancient Greek ἀνθρακῖτις (anthrakitis, “a kind of coal”), from ἄνθραξ (anthrax, “charcoal”)