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A black or dark grey form of limestone containing bituminous matter or carbon; especially = "stinkstone".
Early 19th century; earliest use found in Robert Jameson (1774–1854), geologist and natural historian. From German Anthraconit (1809 or earlier; 1806 as Anthrakonit: K. E. von Moll, in Efemeriden der Berg- u. Hüttenkunde 2 305; from ancient Greek ἀνθρακ-, ἄνθραξ charcoal, in Hellenistic Greek also coal + -ωνη female descendant, derivative + German -it), with remodelling of the ending after -ite.
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