from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A dense, shiny coal that has a high carbon content and little volatile matter and burns with a clean flame. Also called hard coal.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A form of carbonized ancient plants; the hardest and cleanest-burning of all the coals; hard coal.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A hard, compact variety of mineral coal, of high luster, differing from bituminous coal in containing little or no bitumen, in consequence of which it burns with a nearly non luminous flame. The purer specimens consist almost wholly of carbon. Also called glance coal and blind coal.
- n. See Anthracite.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A variety of mineral coal (see coal) containing but little hydrogen, and therefore burning almost without flame.
- Coal-black: as, the anthracite hawk, Urubitinga anthracina.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a hard natural coal that burns slowly and gives intense heat
Probably ultimately from Greek anthrakitis, a kind of coal, from anthrax, anthrak-, charcoal.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin, from Ancient Greek ἀνθρακῖτις (anthrakitis, "a kind of coal"), from ἄνθραξ (anthrax, "charcoal") (Wiktionary)