Definition of anthracite in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈanθrəsʌɪt


[mass noun]
1Coal of a hard variety that contains relatively pure carbon and burns with little flame and smoke.
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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.
1.1A dark grey colour: a wide range of colours from anthracite to blush pink [as modifier]: the anthracite finish on these cupboard doors
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  • While our review sample was anthracite, the Quality Mat is also available in blue, red and orange.
  • Each display is available in a choice of colours: white, anthracite and blue.
  • The use of block colours in black, anthracite, charcoal gray, indigo, winter white and red-brown complements this understated and practical collection.


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

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