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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A bituminous coal that burns brightly with much smoke.

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  • n. A bituminous coal that burns brightly with much smoke.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To channel; groove; chamfer.
  • n. A channel; a stream of water; the bed of a stream.
  • n. A conduit; a pipe.
  • n. The throat.
  • n. The lowest part of the edge of a tool, which has received the finishing; the finishing bevel of a knife, ax, or other edged tool.
  • n. [⟨ cannel, verb] A style of weaving, making a corded or rep tissue.
  • n. Cinnamon.
  • n. An obsolete form of kennel.

Etymologies

Perhaps short for cannel coal, dialectal variant of candle coal (from its bright flame).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • For the softened light and the homelike air—
    The low luxurious cannel fire—
    The padded ease of my chosen chair—
    The devoted love that discounts desire—

    I sometimes think, when Twelve is struck
    By the clock on the mantel, tinkling clear,
    I would take—and thank the gods for the luck—
    One single hour with the boys and the beer.

    - Henry Bunner, 'Wed'.

    September 14, 2009