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- n. mineral coal (brought by sea), distinguished from charcoal (which was then brought by land)
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- Coal brought by sea; -- a name by which mineral coal was formerly designated in the south of England, in distinction from charcoal, which was brought by land.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Fossil coal, or coal dug from the earth: so called because it was first brought to London from Newcastle by sea.
- n. Soft or flaming bituminous coal: so named to distinguish it from the anthracites.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. pulverized bituminous coal; used as a foundry facing
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