Definition of anthracite in English:


Syllabification: an·thra·cite
Pronunciation: /ˈanTHrəˌsīt


Coal of a hard variety that contains relatively pure carbon and burns with little flame and smoke. Also called hard coal.
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  • Peat is an accumulation of virtually unaltered plant material, while anthracite is nearly pure carbon with little trace of the original plant material.
  • Coal is usually classified into the sub-groups known as anthracite, bituminous, lignite, and peat.
  • They all burn anthracite there so the sky is orange.


late 16th century (denoting a gem described by Pliny and said to resemble coals, supposedly hydrophane): from Greek anthrakitēs, from anthrax, anthrak- 'coal'.

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