Definition of fusain in English:

fusain

Line breaks: fu¦sain
Pronunciation: /ˈfjuːzeɪn
 
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noun

[mass noun] Geology
  • A lustreless, crumbly, porous type of coal resembling wood charcoal.
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    • The conglomerate is overlain by a claystone-dominated fossiliferous interval, which contains spirorbid worm tubes, abundant conchostracans, plant debris, fusain, and a pygocephalomorph-bearing limestone.
    • Forest fire, a major disturbance agent in some modern forests, does not appear to be a major factor given the rarity of fusain in the Buchanan Lake Formation deposits.
    • As an independent check on the overall oxygen trend, it is notable that fusain is found for the first time in the Late Devonian.

Origin

late 19th century: from French, literally 'spindle tree', also 'fine charcoal' (made from the spindle tree).

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