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soft coal

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noun
  1. bituminous coal.

Origin of soft coal

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

Historical Examples

  • They were all of wood—heated by soft-coal stoves and lighted by coal-oil lamps.

    In a Little Town

    Rupert Hughes

  • The judge was sitting near the grate, in which was burning a soft-coal fire.

    Clark's Field

    Robert Herrick

  • And then I caught the four-thirty-eight, soft-coal unlimited; and here I am.

  • She smiled and pushed her chair back from the soft-coal blaze in the fireplace.

    The Quickening

    Francis Lynde

  • And, quite incidentally, the soft-coal smoke in a very dirty tunnel through the crest of the Blue Ridge.

    Our Railroads To-Morrow

    Edward Hungerford


British Dictionary definitions for soft coal

soft coal

noun
  1. another name for bituminous coal
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