a mineral coal that contains volatile hydrocarbons and tarry matter and burns with a yellow, smoky flame; soft coal.
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How to use bituminous coal in a sentence
More than 80% of Virginia's mining employment is in bituminous coal which is the chief mining product of the nation as a whole.Hallowed Heritage: The Life of Virginia | Dorothy M. Torpey
The odor of the petroleum first discovered was similar to that of the cheap bituminous coal.
By 1900 the eight-hour day was the rule in the building trades, in granite cutting and in bituminous coal mining.A History of Trade Unionism in the United States | Selig Perlman
There is a locality of bituminous coal on Fox River, about forty miles south.Summary Narrative of an Exploratory Expedition to the Sources of the Mississippi River, in 1820 | Henry Rowe Schoolcraft
bituminous coal exists in great profusion in various parts of the Western Valley.A New Guide for Emigrants to the West | J. M. Peck
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/kg: Also called: soft coal
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Scientific definitions for bituminous coal
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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