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charcoal

[ chahr-kohl ]
/ ˈtʃɑrˌkoʊl /
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noun
the carbonaceous material obtained by heating wood or other organic substances in the absence of air.
a drawing pencil of charcoal.
a drawing made with charcoal.
verb (used with object)
to blacken, write, or draw with charcoal.
to cook (food) over charcoal, especially on a grill.
verb (used without object)
to cook food over charcoal, especially on a grill.
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Origin of charcoal

1300–50; Middle English charcole, perhaps cherrechar3 + colecoal, though literal sense of the compound is unclear

OTHER WORDS FROM charcoal

charcoaly, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for charcoal

charcoal
/ (ˈtʃɑːˌkəʊl) /

noun
a black amorphous form of carbon made by heating wood or other organic matter in the absence of air: used as a fuel, in smelting metal ores, in explosives, and as an absorbentSee activated carbon
a stick or pencil of this for drawing
a drawing done in charcoal
short for charcoal grey
verb
(tr) to write, draw, or blacken with charcoal

Word Origin for charcoal

C14: from char (origin obscure) + coal
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Medical definitions for charcoal

charcoal
[ chärkōl′ ]

n.
Carbon obtained by heating or burning organic material with restricted access of air.
Activated charcoal.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

Scientific definitions for charcoal

charcoal
[ chärkōl′ ]

A black porous form of carbon produced by heating wood or bone in little or no air. Charcoal is used as a fuel, for drawing, and in air and water filters.
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