‘Coal’ and ‘kohl’

Coal and kohl are homophones. Coal is sometimes used when the writer actually means kohl, but I have never come across a ‘kohl mine’ or a ‘kohl fire’.

Coal

  • Coala black or brown rock consisting largely of carbonised vegetation
  • one or more lumps of coal
  • a piece of red-hot, glowing coal or other material
  • to provide with a supply of coal
  • to extract coal

Kohl

  • a powder or substance used to darken the area around the eyes
  • to darken with kohl
  • an abbreviation of kohlrabi (a type of cabbage)
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