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  1. a small knob or similar rounded protuberance, especially for ornament.

Origin of knop

1325–75; Middle English; Old English cnop; cognate with Dutch knop, German Knopf
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Examples from the Web for knop

Historical Examples

  • Two years later Knop confirmed both the absorption and the toxicity of copper by his experiments on maize.

    Inorganic Plant Poisons and Stimulants

    Winifred E. Brenchley

  • Knop just indicated that manganese compounds had no effect on maize, but gave no details.

  • The foot is circular, of the same diameter as the bowl, and the knop projects in.

  • It has a spire-like top with windows and pinnacles between round its base, a feature which is repeated on the knop.

    The Shores of the Adriatic

    F. Hamilton Jackson

  • The knop has eight roundels with niello crosses crossleted; on the stem are saints in niello in vesicas.

    The Shores of the Adriatic

    F. Hamilton Jackson

British Dictionary definitions for knop


  1. archaic a knob, esp an ornamental one

Word Origin

C14: from Germanic; compare Middle Dutch cnoppe bud, Old High German knopf
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