Definition of knawel in English:


Line breaks: kna¦wel
Pronunciation: /ˈnɔːɪl


A low-growing inconspicuous plant of the pink family, which grows 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.


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

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