knawel

noun knaw·el \ˈnȯ(ə)l\

Definition of knawel

plural

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  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of 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 — more at clew


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