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[boh-not] /ˈboʊˌnɒt/
bow2 (def 4).
Origin of bowknot
First recorded in 1540-50; bow2 + knot1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • But he'll tie you in a bowknot if you hold to the old theological doctrines.

    Burned Bridges

    Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • The men call it a "bowknot" of river; so we name it bowknot Bend.

  • We are afraid that someday you may run away and leave us, so we wish to tie you to us with a bowknot of affection.

  • Resting on its satin bed gleamed a string of graduated pearls from which hung a pearl pendant in the form of a bowknot.

  • bowknot—is tied like the square knot, but with ends doubled back in tying the latter half—used on neckties and ribbons.

    Educational Toys Louis C. Petersen
  • Helen's hands rose slowly to her breast, where a pretty watch dangled from a bowknot of crushed diamonds.

  • For a moment he stood rubbing his head, with his merry little face puckered up into a comical sort of bowknot.

    Sure Pop and the Safety Scouts

    Roy Rutherford Bailey
British Dictionary definitions for bowknot


a decorative knot usually having two loops and two loose ends; bow
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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