Part of speech: noun

A coal mine; the coal trade.

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Usage examples "colliery":

  1. Before entering upon the living, he had himself worked for a month as an ordinary miner, in the colliery whose tall chimneys could be seen to the east above the village roofs. - "The Case of Richard Meynell", Mrs. Humphrey Ward.
  2. And so, my dear, I must take leave of you, to hurry down to the tormented intestines of that poor racked city, where the winds of panic are violently engaged in occupying the vacuum created by knocking over what the disaster left standing; and it 'll much resemble a colliery accident there, I suspect, and a rescue of dead bodies. - "The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith", George Meredith.
  3. Because of that, Anton, in nearly every colliery there is not just one layer or seam of coal, but a number of them. - "The Boy With the U.S. Miners", Francis Rolt-Wheeler.