- a soft coal, usually dark brown, often having a distinct woodlike texture, and intermediate in density and carbon content between peat and bituminous coal.
Origin of lignite
Examples from the Web for lignite
The colour was buff, and there were seams of coal and lignite in places.A Canyon Voyage
Frederick S. Dellenbaugh
Or we might incorporate him into that burnin' lignite bed over in the butte.Yellowstone Nights
It is certainly the case that the future possibilities of lignite should not be overlooked.A Revision of the Treaty
John Maynard Keynes
Reptilian fossils are found in both the lignite and the intervening layers of rock.
In the steep sides of the lake valley nearby are a number of lignite mines.
- a brown carbonaceous sedimentary rock with woody texture that consists of accumulated layers of partially decomposed vegetation: used as a fuel. Fixed carbon content: 46–60 per cent; calorific value: 1.28 × 10 7 to 1.93 × 10 7 J/kg (5500 to 8300 Btu/lb)Also called: brown coal
Word Origin and History for lignite
"imperfectly formed coal," 1808, from French, from Latin lignum "wood" (see ligni-). Brown coal that still shows traces of the wood it once was. Probably directly from Lithanthrax Lignius, name given to woody coal by Swedish chemist Johan Gottschalk Wallerius (1709-1785) in 1775.