Definition of cannel coal in English:

cannel coal

noun

  • A hard, compact kind of bituminous coal.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘All but one of the Scottish disc bead necklaces so far analysed have been made using cannel coal or shale for the beads.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In addition to the famous seams of good quality coal which ran throughout the royalties leased by him, valuable seams of cannel coal and fireclay were discovered.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

cannel coal

/ˈkanl ˌkōl/