Origin of ligniteFr: see ligneous and -ite
a usually soft, brownish-black coal in which the texture of the original wood can often still be seen: in the process of coalification it represents the intermediate stage in density and amount of carbon between peat and bituminous coal
A soft, brownish-black coal in which the alteration of vegetable matter has proceeded further than in peat but not as far as in bituminous coal. Also called brown coal .
A soft, brownish-black form of coal having more carbon than peat but less carbon than bituminous coal. Lignite is easy to mine but does not burn as well as other forms of coal. It is a greater polluter than bituminous coal because it has a higher sulphur content.
- A low-grade, brownish-black coal
- Lignite is the main natural resource of Thailand.
From Latin lignum n (“firewood") + -ite
- Brown coal, or lignite, occurs principally in Victoria.
- The other minerals found are silver, lead, copper, magnesium and lignite coal.
- French lignite comes for the most part from the department of BOuches-du-Rhne (near Fuveau).
- The development of French coal and lignite mining in the i9th century, together with records of prices, which rose considerably at the end of the period, is set forth in the table below:
- Types, may be distinguished, and these, with the two extremes of brown coal or lignite and anthracite, form a perfectly continuous series.