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the carbonaceous material obtained by heating wood or other organic substances in the absence of air.
a drawing pencil of charcoal.
a drawing made with charcoal.
to blacken, write, or draw with charcoal.
to cook (food) over charcoal, especially on a grill.
to cook food over charcoal, especially on a grill.
a black amorphous form of carbon made by heating wood or other organic matter in the absence of air: used as a fuel, in smelting metal ores, in explosives, and as an absorbent See activated carbon
a stick or pencil of this for drawing
a drawing done in charcoal
short for charcoal grey
(transitive) to write, draw, or blacken with charcoal

mid-14c., charcole, first element is either Old French charbon “charcoal,” or, on the current theory, obsolete charren “to turn” (from Old English cerran) + cole “coal,” thus, “to turn to coal.”

charcoal char·coal (chär’kōl’)

Carbon obtained by heating or burning organic material with restricted access of air.

Activated charcoal.

A black porous form of carbon produced by heating wood or bone in little or no air. Charcoal is used as a fuel, for drawing, and in air and water filters.


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