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cannel coal

[kan-l]
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noun
  1. an oily, compact coal, burning readily and brightly.
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Origin of cannel coal

1530–40; cannel from candle (dial. form)
Also called can·nel.
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Examples from the Web for cannel

Historical Examples

  • "If I could no'but get a blink frae the cannel, I'd see what's atween them," thought Gubblum.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine

  • When he said that, Mr. Cannel wondered if he had reference to Deacon Hardhack.

    Winning His Way

    Charles Carleton Coffin

  • "I believe you," Mr. Cannel replied, and started at once to see Paul.

    Winning His Way

    Charles Carleton Coffin

  • Mr. Cannel could find no one who was willing to teach the school.

    Winning His Way

    Charles Carleton Coffin

  • "I'll bring them to their trumps," he said, when Mr. Cannel engaged him.

    Winning His Way

    Charles Carleton Coffin


British Dictionary definitions for cannel

cannel coal

cannel

noun
  1. a dull coal having a high volatile content and burning with a smoky luminous flame
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Word Origin

C16: from northern English dialect cannel candle: so called from its bright flame
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