from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A short, thick, highly seasoned sausage.
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- n. A highly seasoned scalded sausage made from beef, pork, and fatty tissue similar to a frankfurter, but shorter and thicker.
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- n. short thick highly seasoned sausage
German Knackwurst : knacken, to crack (from Middle High German, of imitative origin) + Wurst, sausage; see wurst.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the German noun Knackwurst, itself from German knacken ("to crack, crackle") + Wurst ("sausage"). (Wiktionary)