Definition of anthracite noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈænθrəsaɪt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈænθrəsaɪt//
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a very hard type of coal that burns slowly without producing a lot of smoke or flames Word Originlate 16th cent. (denoting a gem described by Pliny and said to resemble coals, supposedly hydrophane, a type of opal): from Greek anthrakitēs, from anthrax, anthrak- ‘coal’.
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