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  1. 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.
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Origin of knawel

First recorded in 1570–80, knawel is from the German word Knauel, Kneuel knotweed
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Historical Examples

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

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British Dictionary definitions for knawel


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

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