- an oily, compact coal, burning readily and brightly.
Origin of cannel coal
1530–40; cannel from candle (dial. form)
Also called can·nel.
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Examples from the Web for cannel
"If I could no'but get a blink frae the cannel, I'd see what's atween them," thought Gubblum.A Son of Hagar
Sir Hall Caine
When he said that, Mr. Cannel wondered if he had reference to Deacon Hardhack.
"I believe you," Mr. Cannel replied, and started at once to see Paul.
Mr. Cannel could find no one who was willing to teach the school.
"I'll bring them to their trumps," he said, when Mr. Cannel engaged him.
- a dull coal having a high volatile content and burning with a smoky luminous flame
C16: from northern English dialect cannel candle: so called from its bright flame
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