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briquette

[bri-ket] /brɪˈkɛt/
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 of briquette
1880-1885
1880-85; < French; see brick, -ette
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British Dictionary definitions for briquette

briquette

/brɪˈkɛt/
noun
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
verb
3.
(transitive) to make into the form of a brick or bricks: to briquette clay
Word Origin
C19: from French: a little brick, from briquebrick
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Word Origin and History for briquette
n.

1884, originally blocks of compressed coal dust held together by pitch, from French briquette (18c.), diminutive of brique (see brick (n.)).

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