cannel coal

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Related to cannel coal: Candle coal, boghead coal

cannel coal

(ˈkænəl) or


(Mining & Quarrying) a dull coal having a high volatile content and burning with a smoky luminous flame
[C16: from northern English dialect cannel candle: so called from its bright flame]

can′nel coal`

(ˈkæn l)
an oily, compact coal that burns readily and brightly. Also called can′nel.
[1530–40; cannel, dial. form of candle]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cannel coal - a bituminous coal that burns with a luminous flame
bituminous coal, soft coal - rich in tarry hydrocarbons; burns readily with a smoky yellow flame
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Don found that some of what the coal company had rejected was the fossiliferous cannel coal that contains the skeletal remains of scores of vertebrate taxa and, as he would later demonstrate, an overlooked assemblage of freshwater and terrestrial invertebrates.
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