|1.||See activated carbon a black amorphous form of carbon made by heating wood or other organic matter in the absence of air: used as a fuel, in smelting metal ores, in explosives, and as an absorbent|
|2.||a stick or pencil of this for drawing|
|3.||a drawing done in charcoal|
|4.||short for charcoal grey|
|5.||(tr) to write, draw, or blacken with charcoal|
|[C14: from char (origin obscure) + |
charcoal char·coal (chär'kōl')
Carbon obtained by heating or burning organic material with restricted access of air.
|charcoal (chär'kōl') Pronunciation Key
A black porous form of carbon produced by heating wood or bone in little or no air. Charcoal is used as a fuel, for drawing, and in air and water filters.