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white coal

Informal. water, as of a stream, used for power.
Origin of white coal
First recorded in 1880-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • "white coal" will, Bailey Willis says, make a great industrial region of it, and plant an urban life in it.

    The Argentine Republic

    Pierre Denis
  • There is surely enough "white coal" rushing by us to turn the wheels of the factories of a continent.

    The New North Agnes Deans Cameron
  • This would be a plan for the wedding of the stream and the mine, the white coal with the black.

  • Hence the waterfalls are sometimes termed the "white coal" of that country.

British Dictionary definitions for white coal

white coal

water, esp when flowing and providing a potential source of usable power
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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