A dense, shiny coal that has a high carbon content and little volatile matter and burns with a clean flame.
A shiny black, hard, metamorphic coal that contains a low percentage of volatile matter and burns with a smokeless flame.
Webster's New World
A form of carbonized ancient plants; the hardest and cleanest-burning of all the coals; hard coal.
A dark grey colour.
- hard coal
- anthracite coal
Other Word Forms of Anthracite
Origin of Anthracite
Probably ultimately from Greek anthrakitis a kind of coal from anthrax anthrak- charcoal
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Latin, from Ancient Greek ἀνθρακῖτις (anthrakitis, “a kind of coal”), from ἄνθραξ (anthrax, “charcoal”)
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