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mother of coal

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noun
  1. mineral charcoal.

Origin of mother of coal

First recorded in 1865–70
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Historical Examples

  • There was no parting except two inches of mother-of-coal—midway, which would make it but easier to mine.

    The Trail of the Lonesome Pine

    John Fox, Jr.