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vitrain

[vi-treyn]
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noun
  1. the material of which the friable, vitreous layers in banded bituminous coal are composed.
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Compare clarain, durain.

Origin of vitrain

1915–20; < Latin vitr(um) glass + -ain, as in fusain
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British Dictionary definitions for vitrain

vitrain

noun
  1. a type of coal occurring as horizontal glassy bands of a nonsoiling friable material
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Word Origin

C20: from Latin vitrum glass + -ain, as in fusain
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