Definition of knawel in English:

knawel

Syllabification: knawel
Pronunciation: /nôl
 
/

noun

  • A low-growing inconspicuous plant of the pink family, growing in temperate regions of the northern hemisphere.
    • Genus Scleranthus, family Caryophyllaceae
    More example sentences
    • I saw no shepherd's purse after December 27th, but knawel was in flower as late as January 18th.
    • Other related species include stitchwort and chickweed, catchflies, knawels, pearlworts and sea-spurreys.
    • Self-pollination allows for distinct races to develop and several sub-species of annual knawel have been recognised, however their status in Ireland has not been investigated.

Origin

late 16th century: from German Knauel, Knäuel 'knotgrass'.

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