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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 coal

Historical Examples

  • Use wood for fuel if possible; if not, the softest of cannel-coal.

    The Art of Entertaining

    M. E. W. Sherwood

  • Bits of ampelite or cannel-coal found on our southern coasts, charged with bitumen, sulphur, and salt.

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth

  • The price of the best Wiggan cannel-coal (the sort used) is 131⁄2d. per cwt.

  • A cannel-coal mine near Bolton in Lancashire with a perpendicular shaft, twelve hundred feet deep.

  • His mother appeared in the door of the library, edged with light from the cannel-coal fire in the grate behind her.

    A World Apart

    Samuel Kimball Merwin


British Dictionary definitions for cannel coal

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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