Definition of cannel coal in English:

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cannel coal

Pronunciation: /ˈkan(ə)l/


[mass noun]
A hard, compact kind of bituminous coal.
Example sentences
  • The 4,000-year-old necklace, made of disc-beads of cannel coal with a jet fastener, is only 12 inches long and was probably either a child's necklace or a ‘choker’ for an adult woman.
  • Some necklaces also used what are usually called ‘shale’ beads; and there is one variety of shale, sapropelite, related to cannel coal, which also takes up static electricity.
  • The unique disc-bead necklace, made of cannel coal and jet, was found beside the remains of a child's skeleton in one of three early Bronze Age stone tombs.


Mid 16th century (originally a northern English usage): of unknown origin.

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