- 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.
Origin of knawel
First recorded in 1570–80, knawel is from the German word Knauel, Kneuel knotweed
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I saw no shepherd's purse after December 27th, but knawel was in flower as late as January 18th.The Foot-path Way
- any of several Old World caryophyllaceous plants of the genus Scleranthus, having heads of minute petal-less flowers
C16: from German Knauel, literally: ball of yarn, from Old High German kliuwa ball