knaw·​el | \ ˈnȯ(ə)l \
plural -s

Definition of knawel

: a low spreading Old World annual weed (Scleranthus annuus) with inconspicuous greenish flowers that is now widely ditributed in North America also : any of several other weedy plants of this genus

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History and Etymology for knawel

modification of German knäuel, knauel, literally, ball of yarn, from Middle High German kniuwel, alteration of kliuwel, diminutive of kliuwe ball of yarn, from Old High German kliuwa

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“Knawel.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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