Coal of a hard variety that contains relatively pure carbon and burns with little flame and smoke.Also called hard coal‘Peat is an accumulation of virtually unaltered plant material, while anthracite is nearly pure carbon with little trace of the original plant material.’
- ‘Coal is usually classified into the sub-groups known as anthracite, bituminous, lignite, and peat.’
- ‘They all burn anthracite there so the sky is orange.’
- ‘‘Unfortunately, Bulgarian coal is lignite, we have no anthracite, no petrol or gas,’ he said.’
- ‘Since the mountains of Appalachia were rich in anthracite, a superior grade of coal, the industry grew rapidly.’
Late 16th century (denoting a gem described by Pliny and said to resemble coals, supposedly hydrophane (a type of opal)): from Greek anthrakitēs, from anthrax, anthrak- ‘coal’.