One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Coal of a hard variety that contains relatively pure carbon and burns with little flame and smoke.
- ‘Coal is usually classified into the sub-groups known as anthracite, bituminous, lignite, and peat.’
- ‘‘Unfortunately, Bulgarian coal is lignite, we have no anthracite, no petrol or gas,’ he said.’
- ‘Peat is an accumulation of virtually unaltered plant material, while anthracite is nearly pure carbon with little trace of the original plant material.’
- ‘They all burn anthracite there so the sky is orange.’
- ‘Since the mountains of Appalachia were rich in anthracite, a superior grade of coal, the industry grew rapidly.’
- 1.1 A dark grey colour.‘a wide range of colours from anthracite to blush pink’as modifier ‘the anthracite finish on these cupboard doors’
- ‘While our review sample was anthracite, the Quality Mat is also available in blue, red and orange.’
- ‘Colours are combined with all shades of grey, ranging from silver to anthracite, accented with rose or fuchsia.’
- ‘The use of block colours in black, anthracite, charcoal gray, indigo, winter white and red-brown complements this understated and practical collection.’
- ‘The rest of the interior trim is standard save for the anthracite grey instrument dials.’
- ‘Each display is available in a choice of colours: white, anthracite and blue.’
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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