briquette

[bri-ket]
noun
1.
a small block of compressed coal dust or charcoal used for fuel, especially in barbecuing.
2.
a molded block of any material.
verb (used with object), briquetted, briquetting.
3.
to mold into briquettes.

Origin:
1880–85; < French; see brick, -ette

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briquette or briquet (brɪˈkɛt)
 
n
1.  a small brick made of compressed coal dust, sawdust, charcoal, etc, used for fuel
2.  a small brick of any substance: an ice-cream briquette
 
vb
3.  (tr) to make into the form of a brick or bricks: to briquette clay
 
[C19: from French: a little brick, from briquebrick]
 
briquet or briquet
 
n
 
vb
 
[C19: from French: a little brick, from briquebrick]

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briquette
1884, originally blocks of compressed coal dust held together by pitch, from Fr. briquette (18c.), dim. of brique (see brick).
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Example sentences
Wood or charcoal briquette fires are not allowed in any kind of fire pan or
  barbeque device.
Otherwise, when the briquette is removed from the mold, it will crumble to
  pieces.
During periods of high fire danger, open fires and charcoal briquette fires may
  be prohibited.
Other sources include two natural gas processing plants, two oil refineries,
  and a charcoal briquette plant.
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