- a porous, amorphous form of carbon produced by destructive distillation of wood or other organic matter and used for decolorizing sugar and food, in filters, as a gas absorbent, fuel, etc.
- a pencil made of this substance
- a drawing made with such a pencil
- a very dark gray or brown, almost black
Origin of charcoalMiddle English char cole; probably from charren, to turn (see chare) + cole, coal (hence, literally , wood turned to coal)
- to write or draw with charcoal
- to charbroil