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[top-not] /ˈtɒpˌnɒt/
a tuft of hair growing on the top of the head.
hair fashioned into a knob or ball on top of the head.
a tuft or crest of feathers on the head of a bird.
a knot or bow of ribbon worn on the top of the head.
Origin of topknot
First recorded in 1680-90; top1 + knot1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • topknot wrote and heard in a day or so, saying Miss Guinea would be very glad to see her any time she would come.

    The Chickens of Fowl Farm Lena E. Barksdale
  • A topknot, tied by the leg to the fence, struggles madly to escape.

  • When the time comes for him to be engaged to marry, his topknot is put up, and from that time forth he is recognized as a man.

    The Child in the Midst Mary Schauffler Labaree
  • Same when a mestizo buzzes close; you can have his topknot as much as you like.

    The Treasure of Pearls Gustave Aimard
  • Coccorito would have come to a sad ending if the god of parrots had not protected his topknot.

    The Heart of Pinocchio Collodi Nipote
  • "topknot has a spark of sense," said he, leading her along to the green-house.

    Little Folks Astray Sophia May (Rebecca Sophia Clarke)
  • The fellow wore his hair fastened back with a band, unlike the topknot of the local tribesman.

    The Time Traders Andre Norton
  • Why, it's something you musn't ever tell, topknot, not to anybody that lives.

    Little Folks Astray Sophia May (Rebecca Sophia Clarke)
British Dictionary definitions for topknot


a crest, tuft, decorative bow, chignon, etc, on the top of the head
any of several European flatfishes of the genus Zeugopterus and related genera, esp Z. punctatus, which has an oval dark brown body marked with darker blotches: family Bothidae (turbot, etc)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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