[chahr-kohl] /ˈtʃɑrˌkoʊl/
the carbonaceous material obtained by heating wood or other organic substances in the absence of air.
a drawing pencil of charcoal.
a drawing made with charcoal.
verb (used with object)
to blacken, write, or draw with charcoal.
to cook (food) over charcoal, especially on a grill.
verb (used without object)
to cook food over charcoal, especially on a grill.
1300–50; Middle English charcole, perhaps cherre char3 + cole coal, though literal sense of the compound is unclear
Related forms
charcoaly, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for char-coal
charcoal (ˈtʃɑːˌkəʊl)
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) + coal]

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Word Origin and History for char-coal
mid-14c., first element is either O.Fr. charbon "charcoal," or, on the current theory, obs. charren "to turn" (from O.E. cerran) + cole "coal," thus, "to turn to coal."
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char-coal in Medicine

charcoal char·coal (chär'kōl')

  1. Carbon obtained by heating or burning organic material with restricted access of air.

  2. Activated charcoal.

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char-coal in Science
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.
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