Anthracite meaning

ănthrə-sīt
A dense, shiny coal that has a high carbon content and little volatile matter and burns with a clean flame.
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A shiny black, hard, metamorphic coal that contains a low percentage of volatile matter and burns with a smokeless flame.
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A hard, shiny coal that has a high carbon content. It is valued as a fuel because it burns with a clean flame and without smoke or odor, but it is much less abundant than bituminous coal.
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A form of carbonized ancient plants; the hardest and cleanest-burning of all the coals; hard coal.
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A dark grey colour.
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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”)

    From Wiktionary