coal measures

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plural noun Geology.

coal-bearing strata.
(initial capital letters) in Europe, a portion of the Carboniferous System, characterized by widespread coal deposits.

Nearby words

  1. coal field,
  2. coal gas,
  3. coal heaver,
  4. coal hod,
  5. coal hole,
  6. coal mine,
  7. coal miner,
  8. coal miner's lung,
  9. coal mining,
  10. coal oil

Origin of coal measures

First recorded in 1655–65

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Coal Measures

pl n the Coal Measures

a series of coal-bearing rocks formed in the upper Carboniferous period; the uppermost series of the Carboniferous system
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