- a mineral coal containing little of the volatile hydrocarbons and burning almost without flame; hard coal.
Origin of anthracite
Examples from the Web for anthracite
On the contrary, England will find it advantageous to come to us for our anthracite.
Anthracite coal was known in this country only as a hard black rock.Checking the Waste
Mary Huston Gregory
The second kind of coal, the sort that is hard and bright, is anthracite.Diggers in the Earth
Eva March Tappan
There are gradations from bituminous coal into anthracite coal.The Economic Aspect of Geology
C. K. Leith
I have heard that it is the only place in the world where anthracite has been found.Derrick Sterling
- 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/kgAlso called: hard coal
Word Origin and History for anthracite
"non-bituminous coal," 1812, earlier (c.1600) a type of ruby-like gem described by Pliny, from Latin anthracites "bloodstone, semi-precious gem," from Greek anthrakites "coal-like," from anthrax (genitive anthrakos) "live coal" (see anthrax). Related: Anthractic (adj.).
- 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.