[ nawl ]
/ nɔl /


any of several plants belonging to the genus Scleranthus, of the pink family, native to Eurasia, especially S. annuus, a common, low-growing weed that forms dense mats.

Nearby words

  1. knarly,
  2. knave,
  3. knavery,
  4. knavish,
  5. knavishly,
  6. knead,
  7. knebworth house,
  8. knee,
  9. knee action,
  10. knee bend

Origin of knawel

First recorded in 1570–80, knawel is from the German word Knauel, Kneuel knotweed Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for knawel

  • I saw no shepherd's purse after December 27th, but knawel was in flower as late as January 18th.

    The Foot-path Way|Bradford Torrey

British Dictionary definitions for knawel


/ (ˈnɔːəl) /


any of several Old World caryophyllaceous plants of the genus Scleranthus, having heads of minute petal-less flowers

Word Origin for knawel

C16: from German Knauel, literally: ball of yarn, from Old High German kliuwa ball

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