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coal measures

plural noun, Geology
1.
coal-bearing strata.
2.
(initial capital letters) in Europe, a portion of the Carboniferous System, characterized by widespread coal deposits.
Origin
1655-1665
1655-65
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Coal Measures

plural noun the Coal Measures
1.
a series of coal-bearing rocks formed in the upper Carboniferous period; the uppermost series of the Carboniferous system
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