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Chocolate vs Coal - What's the difference?

chocolate | coal |

As verbs the difference between chocolate and coal

is that chocolate is while coal is to take on a supply of coal (usually of steam ships).

As an adjective chocolate

is chocolate (attributive).

As a noun coal is

(uncountable) a black rock formed from prehistoric plant remains, composed largely of carbon and burned as a fuel.



  • (uncountable) A food made from ground roasted cocoa beans
  • Chocolate is a very popular treat.
  • (uncountable) A drink made by dissolving this food in boiling milk
  • (countable) A single, small piece of confectionery made from chocolate
  • He bought her some chocolates as a gift.
  • (uncountable) A dark, reddish-brown colour/color, like that of chocolate
  • As he cooked it the whole thing turned a rich, deep chocolate .

    Derived terms

    * bar of chocolate * choc * choccy * chocoholic * chocolate-box * chocolate chip * chocolate leather * chocolate phosphate * chocolate plastic * chocolate tree * chocolatey, chocolaty * compound chocolate * dark chocolate * hot chocolate * milk chocolate * modeling chocolate, modelling chocolate * plain chocolate * white chocolate


    (en adjective)
  • Made of or containing chocolate.
  • Having a dark reddish-brown colour/color.
  • See also

    * black bottom pie * Black Forest gateau * brownie * cacao * carob * cocoa bean * cocoa butter * * devil's food cake * ganache * lamington * marquise * mocha * mochaccino * mole * Nanaimo bar * praline * sacher torte * tollhouse cookie * truffle *


    * * 2000 , Karen Dakin, Søren Wichmann, ‘Cacao and Chocolate: An Uto-Aztec perspective’, Ancient Mesoamerica , vol. 11, pages 55–75. * 1983 , Frances Karttunen, An Analytical Dictionary of Nahuatl (University of Texas Press), page 54.



    (wikipedia coal)


  • (uncountable) A black rock formed from prehistoric plant remains, composed largely of carbon and burned as a fuel.
  • (countable) A piece of coal used for burning. Note that in British English either of the following examples could be used, whereas the latter would be more common in American English.
  • Put some coals on the fire.
    Put some coal on the fire.
  • (countable) A type of coal, such as bituminous, anthracite, or lignite, and grades and varieties thereof.
  • (countable) A glowing or charred piece of coal, wood, or other solid fuel.
  • Just as the camp-fire died down to just coals , with no flames to burn the marshmallows, someone dumped a whole load of wood on, so I gave up and went to bed.
  • Charcoal
  • Hyponyms

    * anthracite, bitumin

    Derived terms

    * bituminous coal, soft coal * brown coal * channel coal * coal ball * coal bed * coal black * coalboy * coal gas * coal hole * coal oil * coal tar * coal tit * coalmine, coal mine * coals to Newcastle * hard coal (see: anthracite) * white coal


    (en verb)
  • To take on a supply of coal (usually of steam ships).
  • * 1890 , (Oscar Wilde), The Picture of Dorian Gray , ch. XVI:
  • The light shook and splintered in the puddles. A red glare came from an outward-bound steamer that was coaling .
  • To be converted to charcoal.
  • * 1957 , H.R. Schubert, History of the British Iron and Steel Industry , p. 18:
  • As a result, particles of wood and twigs insufficiently coaled are frequently found at the bottom of such pits.
  • To burn to charcoal; to char.
  • * Francis Bacon
  • Charcoal of roots, coaled into great pieces.
  • To mark or delineate with charcoal.
  • (Camden)
  • To supply with coal.
  • to coal a steamer