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lignite Line breaks: lig|nite
Pronunciation: /ˈlɪɡnʌɪt/

Definition of lignite in English:


[mass noun]
A soft brownish coal showing traces of plant structure, intermediate between bituminous coal and peat.
Example sentences
  • Peats will in situ change successively to lignite, to bituminous coal, and eventually to anthracite.
  • Coal is usually classified into the sub-groups known as anthracite, bituminous, lignite, and peat.
  • The Tertiary coal of northern Thailand is classified according to coal rank as lignite to bituminous coal.


Pronunciation: /lɪɡˈnɪtɪk/
Example sentences
  • The Oligo-Miocene succession consists of interbedded clays and sandstones with subordinate lignitic horizons and several thick conglomeratic units towards the base of the Oligocene.
  • It is capped by the above mentioned sandstone unit and grades into lignitic clay below.
  • The major limitation for using lignitic and sub bituminous Pakistani coals as fuels, is their high sulphur content.


Early 19th century: coined in French from Latin lignum 'wood' + -ite1.

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