anthracite /ˈanθrəsʌɪt/


I. noun [ mass noun]

1. coal of a hard variety that contains relatively pure carbon and burns with little flame and smoke.
2. a dark grey colour.

a wide range of colours from anthracite to blush pink.
[as modifier]
the anthracite finish on these cupboard doors.
– origin late 16th cent. (denoting a gem described by Pliny and said to resemble coals, supposedly hydrophane (a type of opal)): from Greek anthrakitēs, from anthrax, anthrak- ‘coal’.

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