[ an-thruh-sahyt ]
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  1. a mineral coal containing little of the volatile hydrocarbons and burning almost without flame; hard coal.

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Origin of anthracite

1810–15; probably <French <Latin (Pliny) anthracītis kind of coal. See anthrac-, -ite1
  • Also called anthracite coal .

Other words from anthracite

  • an·thra·cit·ic [an-thruh-sit-ik], /ˌæn θrəˈsɪt ɪk/, an·thra·cit·ous [an-thruh-sahy-tuhs], /ˈæn θrəˌsaɪ təs/, adjective

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How to use anthracite in a sentence

  • When pure and of close hard grain it is used as a refractory for lining furnaces, especially those designed for anthracite.

    Asbestos | Robert H. Jones
  • There are four types: bituminous (soft), anthracite (hard), semi-bituminous and semi-anthracite.

  • Tried at a measured mile with anthracite and Merthyr coal mixed, three years afterwards, her average speed was 11 knots.

    Yachting Vol. 2 | Various.
  • He was of middle age, black as anthracite coal, bald-headed, (p. 226) and was dressed in pants and coat made of old sailcloth.

    The Boys of '61 | Charles Carleton Coffin.
  • The cooking-range, a large one designed to burn anthracite coal, was the general warming apparatus.

    The Home of the Blizzard | Douglas Mawson

British Dictionary definitions for anthracite


/ (ˈænθrəˌsaɪt) /

  1. a hard jet-black coal that burns slowly with a nonluminous flame giving out intense heat. Fixed carbon content: 86–98 per cent; calorific value: 3.14 × 10 7 –3.63 × 10 7 J/kg: Also called: hard coal

Origin of anthracite

C19: from Latin anthracītes type of bloodstone, from Greek anthrakitēs coal-like, from anthrax coal, anthrax

Derived forms of anthracite

  • anthracitic (ˌænθrəˈsɪtɪk), adjective

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Scientific definitions for anthracite


[ ănthrə-sīt′ ]

  1. A hard, shiny coal that has a high carbon content. It is valued as a fuel because it burns with a clean flame and without smoke or odor, but it is much less abundant than bituminous coal. Compare bituminous coal lignite.

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