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Topic: VISUAL

Date: 1300-1400
Origin: Probably from char 'to turn' (11-17 centuries) (from Old English cerran) + coal

charcoal

noun
     
char‧coal
1 [uncountable]AV a black substance made of burned wood that can be used as fuel:
cooking over a charcoal fire
2 [uncountable and countable] a stick of this substance used for drawing:
a sketch drawn in charcoal
3 also charcoal grey [uncountable] a dark grey colour
charcoal adjective
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