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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • His mother appeared in the door of the library, edged with light from the cannel-coal fire in the grate behind her.

    A World Apart Samuel Kimball Merwin
  • Bits of ampelite or cannel-coal found on our southern coasts, charged with bitumen, sulphur, and salt.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • The price of the best Wiggan cannel-coal (the sort used) is 131⁄2d. per cwt.

  • A cannel-coal mine near Bolton in Lancashire with a perpendicular shaft, twelve hundred feet deep.

    The World Peril of 1910 George Griffith
  • Use wood for fuel if possible; if not, the softest of cannel-coal.

    The Art of Entertaining M. E. W. Sherwood
British Dictionary definitions for cannel-coal

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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