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- adj. Forming an almost complete ring, but with a break or opening.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Nearly annular; having nearly the form of a ring.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having the form of an almost complete ring, like the so-called annular brooches.
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The earliest forms of brooches were the annular, -- that is, a long pin with a hinged ring at its head for ornament, and the "penannular," or pin with a broken circle at its head.
The north granary had been used as a rubbish dump after its roof collapsed in around 350, and the rubbish deposits included coins dated to the 380s and two penannular (ring) brooches of a type dated to the very end of or just after the Roman period in Britain (Wilmott 2001 p.121).
'I thought your cloak clasp was a family jewel,' she said, remembering the huge penannular thistle she had seen him wearing.
The penannular ring, inserted through a hole at the head of the long pin, could be partially turned when the pin had been thrust through the material in such a way that the brooch became in effect a buckle.
The Celtic group is characterized by the penannular form of the ring of the brooch and the greater length of the pin.
Silver brooches of immense size, some having pins 15 in. in length, and the penannular ring of the brooch terminating in large knobs resembling thistle heads, are occasionally found in Viking hoards of this period, consisting of bullion, brooches and Cufic and Anglo-Saxon coins buried on Scottish soil.
The ornaments made in Cairo consist chiefly of chains and earrings, anklets, bangles, necklaces strung with coins or tusk-shaped pendants, amulet-cases of filigree or repoussé work, and penannular bracelets of rude execution, but rich and ancient designs.
These torques (in Arabic Tók) are tubular but massive, penannular, about as thick as one's little finger, and finished with a hook at one end and a twisted loop at the other.
In Ireland penannular rings with cup-shaped ends of copper or bronze are very rare, only about half a dozen being known, while fibulæ of gold are exceedingly common.
The question of a medium of exchange leads us to mention the very small gold penannular rings, the largest being about an inch in diameter, frequently found in Ireland, which are known as