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hard coal

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noun
  1. anthracite.

Origin of hard coal

First recorded in 1780–90
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Examples from the Web for hard coal

Historical Examples

  • A month before he had sat and stared a hard-coal fire out of countenance in apprehension of falling in love with Phillida.

    The Faith Doctor

    Edward Eggleston

  • Indoors the hard-coal burner made a tropical temperature, and glowed a warm orange from its isinglass sides.

  • A hard-coal fire burned redly in the grate, and the dying sunset poured its last splendors through a huge square window.

    Mrs. Darrell

    Foxcroft Davis

  • The doctor and George Chapman sat beside the hard-coal heater, talking in low voices.

    Wayside Courtships

    Hamlin Garland

  • Then there's the hard-coal enthusiasm that will burn steadily and faithfully by the hour.


British Dictionary definitions for hard coal

hard coal

noun
  1. another name for anthracite Compare soft coal
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