Definition of penannular in English:

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penannular

Pronunciation: /pɛˈnanjʊlə/

adjective

Archaeology
In the form of a ring but with a small part of the circumference missing: penannular neck ornaments
More example sentences
  • A different type of Viking penannular arm-ring, smaller, plainer, and rounder in cross-section than the type found in Ireland, is commonest in hoards in Scotland and the Isle of Man.
  • There is a trend towards a greater number of small penannular brooches during this period than previously.
  • Pins, buckles and discs were all being cast, but the moulds were mainly for penannular brooches.

Origin

Mid 19th century: from Latin paene 'almost' + annular.

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