seacoal

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seacoal
old name for "mineral coal" (as opposed to charcoal), c.1253; earlier in O.E., "jet," which chiefly was found washed ashore by the sea. The coal perhaps so called from resemblance to this, or because it was first dug from beds exposed by wave erosion.
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