fire of brickettes in the grate


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Could someone please tell me what's meant by "brickettes" in the following context, taken from "1919" by John Dos Passos, and whether it's English or French:
Time: 1919
Location: Rue de Bussy, Paris
It was cosy in her little pink and white salon with the fire of brickettes going in the grate.
Searching for "brickette" I've found the following definition for "briquette" in Webster dictionary:
a compacted often brick-shaped mass of usually fine material <a charcoal briquette>
  • xqby

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    English (U.S.)
    It should have been "briquettes," the original author made a mistake. The two words are pronounced similarly, so it's not terribly surprising. To my knowledge the word is originally French but can be used in either language.
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