- an oily, compact coal, burning readily and brightly.
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
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 Practical Treatise on Gas-light
A cannel-coal mine near Bolton in Lancashire with a perpendicular shaft, twelve hundred feet deep.The World Peril of 1910
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
- a dull coal having a high volatile content and burning with a smoky luminous flame
C16: from northern English dialect cannel candle: so called from its bright flame