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cannel coal

[kan-l] /ˈkæn l/
an oily, compact coal, burning readily and brightly.
Also called cannel.
Origin of cannel coal
1530-40; cannel from candle (dial. form) Unabridged
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Examples from the web for cannel
  • cannel coal usually occurs at the top or bottom of other coals.
  • He was the first to patent the process of distilling this cannel coal into kerosene.
British Dictionary definitions for cannel

cannel coal

a dull coal having a high volatile content and burning with a smoky luminous flame
Word Origin
C16: from northern English dialect cannel candle: so called from its bright flame
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