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broken coal

noun
1.
anthracite in pieces ranging from 2 1/2 to 4 inches (6.5 to 11 cm) in extreme dimension; the largest commercial size, larger than egg coal.
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  • I followed him, stumbling rather clumsily over the broken coal beside the track.

    Atlantic Narratives Mary Antin

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