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coalnoun [C or U]

uk   /kəʊl/  us   /koʊl/
C1 a hard, ​blacksubstance that is ​dug from the ​earth in ​pieces, and can be ​burned to ​produceheat or ​power, or a ​singlepiece of this: How much coal was mined here? a ​burning/​redhot coal
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(Definition of coal from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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coalnoun [C/U]

 us   /koʊl/
a hard, ​blacksubstance that is ​dug from the ​earth in ​lumps and used as a ​fuel, or a ​singlepiece of this ​substance: [U] Some of those ​schools still use coal for ​theirheating.
(Definition of coal from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “coal”
in Korean 석탄…
in Arabic فَحْم…
in Malaysian batu arang…
in French charbon…
in Russian уголь…
in Chinese (Traditional) 煤…
in Italian carbone…
in Turkish taş kömürü/maden kömürü…
in Polish węgiel…
in Spanish carbón…
in Vietnamese than đá…
in Portuguese carvão…
in Thai ถ่านหิน…
in German die Kohle…
in Catalan carbó…
in Japanese 石炭…
in Chinese (Simplified) 煤…
in Indonesian batu bara…
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