One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
In the form of a ring but with a small part of the circumference missing.‘penannular neck ornaments’
- ‘Other materials found during the digs were a flint knife, zoomorphic penannular brooch, decorated bone comb, bronze age pottery and arrowheads.’
- ‘The penannular style of brooch goes back many centuries, if not millennia.’
- ‘There is a trend towards a greater number of small penannular brooches during this period than previously.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Pins, buckles and discs were all being cast, but the moulds were mainly for penannular brooches.’
Mid 19th century: from Latin paene ‘almost’ + annular.
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