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

 

lignite

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈlɪɡnaɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɪɡnaɪt//
 
[uncountable]
 
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a soft brown type of coal Word Origin early 19th cent.: coined in French from Latin lignum ‘wood’ + -ite.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: lignite