from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Partly bituminous, as coal.
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_ The name "semibituminous" is exceedingly unfortunate, as literally it implies that this coal is half the rank of bituminous, whereas it is applied to a kind of coal that is of higher rank than bituminous -- really superbituminous.
Our anthracite deposits are circumscribed, but bid fair to last until the virtually untouched seams of bituminous and semibituminous coal shall be made amply accessible to every point of consumption.
Cretaceous age, and of Tertiary lignites which have locally been converted by mountain upbuilding into bituminous and semibituminous coals.
There are also all gradations connecting the hardest anthracite -- through semibituminous coal, bituminous or soft coal, lignite (an imperfect coal in which sometimes woody fibers may be seen little changed) -- with peat and decaying vegetable tissues.