A nugget of anthracite coal.



  • A black rock formed from prehistoric plant remains, composed largely of carbon and burned as a fuel.
  • A piece of coal used for burning
  • A type of coal, such as bituminous, anthracite, or lignite, and grades and varieties thereof.
  • A glowing or charred piece of coal, wood, or other solid fuel.
  • Charcoal.


  • To take on a supply of coal (usually of steam ships).
  • To supply with coal.
  • To be converted to charcoal.
  • To burn to charcoal; to char.
  • To mark or delineate with charcoal.


Narrower meaning words


  • From Middle English cole, from Old English col, from Proto-West Germanic *kol, from Proto-Germanic *kulą (compare West Frisian koal, Dutch kool, German Kohle, Danish kul), from *ǵwelH-.
  • Compare Old Irish gúal ("coal"), Lithuanian žvìlti ("to twinkle, glow"), Persian زغال ("live coal"), Sanskrit ज्वल् ("to burn, glow"), Tocharian B śoliye ("hearth"), all from the same root.

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