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[an-thruh-sahyt] /ˈæn θrəˌsaɪt/
a mineral coal containing little of the volatile hydrocarbons and burning almost without flame; hard coal.
Also called anthracite coal.
Origin of anthracite
1810-15; probably < French < Latin (Pliny) anthracītis kind of coal. See anthrac-, -ite1
Related forms
[an-thruh-sit-ik] /ˌæn θrəˈsɪt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
[an-thruh-sahy-tuh s] /ˈæn θrəˌsaɪ təs/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for anthracite coal
Historical Examples
  • Since 1900 nearly 35,000 of them have come to America, settling mostly in the anthracite coal regions.

    Aliens or Americans? Howard B. Grose
  • anthracite coal was known in this country only as a hard black rock.

    Checking the Waste Mary Huston Gregory
  • A strike of the anthracite coal miners, which started in the summer, ran late into the autumn.

    History of the United States Charles A. Beard and Mary R. Beard
  • It will be well to provide two barrels of charcoal, for kindling, to every ton of anthracite coal.

    A Treatise on Domestic Economy Catherine Esther Beecher
  • Others refused to testify concerning methods of fixing the price for anthracite coal at tidewater.

  • The most prominent examples of land monopoly in this country are the anthracite coal mines and the iron ore beds.

    Distributive Justice John A. (John Augustine) Ryan
  • Charcoal is used for cooking purposes, and so is anthracite coal.

    The Story of Malta Maturin M. Ballou
  • As things stand, railway monopoly is an important cause of the anthracite coal monopoly.

    Distributive Justice John A. (John Augustine) Ryan
  • anthracite coal, which in the year 1914 cost 56 francs a ton, could not be purchased in 1919 for less than 360 francs.

  • His features were well formed, but anthracite coal is not blacker than his complexion.

    The Boys of '61 Charles Carleton Coffin.
British Dictionary definitions for anthracite coal


a hard jet-black coal that burns slowly with a nonluminous flame giving out intense heat. Fixed carbon content: 86–98 per cent; calorific value: 3.14 × 107–3.63 × 107 J/kg Also called hard coal
Derived Forms
anthracitic (ˌænθrəˈsɪtɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C19: from Latin anthracītes type of bloodstone, from Greek anthrakitēs coal-like, from anthrax coal, anthrax
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Word Origin and History for anthracite coal



"non-bituminous coal," 1812, earlier (c.1600) a type of ruby-like gem described by Pliny, from Latin anthracites "bloodstone, semi-precious gem," from Greek anthrakites "coal-like," from anthrax (genitive anthrakos) "live coal" (see anthrax). Related: Anthractic (adj.).

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anthracite coal in Science
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. Compare bituminous coal, lignite.

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