a mineral coal that contains volatile hydrocarbons and tarry matter and burns with a yellow, smoky flame; soft coal.
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Origin of bituminous coal
First recorded in 1875–80
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British Dictionary definitions for bituminous coal
a soft black coal, rich in volatile hydrocarbons, that burns with a smoky yellow flame. Fixed carbon content: 46–86 per cent; calorific value: 1.93 × 10 7 – 3.63 × 10 7 J/kgAlso called: soft coal
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Science definitions for bituminous coal
[ bĭ-tōō′mə-nəs ]
A soft type of coal that burns with a smoky, yellow flame. Bituminous coal is the most abundant form of coal. It has a high sulfur content, and when burned, gives off sulfurous compounds that contribute to air pollution and acid rain. Compare anthracite lignite.
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