|Derivation:||From "col" (Old English) coal|
|Description:||Black and shiny|
There are different types of coal. Anthracite is a good quality coal which burns nearly without smoke or flame as it is nearly pure carbon. It is very shiny and hard. The photograph below shows a piece of anthracite which has been polished. Normally coal makes your hands dirty with coal dust, but this doesn't!
Ordinary coal (for my neighbour's fire!)