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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A gaseous mixture produced by the destructive distillation of bituminous coal and used as a commercial fuel.
  • noun The gaseous mixture released by burning coal.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The gas which is given out by burning coal.
  • noun A mixture of gases and vapors, chiefly combustible, which is employed to produce the gas-light in common use.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun petrochemistry The poisonous gas, used domestically for cooking etc and formerly for lighting, prepared by heating coal with steam; it is a mixture of hydrogen and carbon monoxide; synthesis gas or town gas.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun gaseous mixture produced by distillation of bituminous coal and used for heating and lighting

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