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  • n. Plural form of bowknot.


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  • These cookies are sometimes shaped in bowknots or other fancy shapes, but for Christmas they are made in a shape suggestive of the swaddling clothes—or actually the diapers!

    Christ's Diapers

  • The bowknots, the showlots, they wilted into woeblots.

    Finnegans Wake

  • The advancing film from the desert, grown black, became an illuminated scroll; thin ribbons of gold were traced on it, bowknots of tinsel.

    The Rim of the Desert

  • "No, sir, I ain't going to stay, tied in bowknots with rheumatiz, and these poor young-ones ...."

    Across the Fruited Plain

  • To abandon the pink-and-white bloom that slept all night without crying in the cove of her arm, to the grayness of a nursery that should have been pink and white and sweetly fragrant with powders and puffs and the rosy kind of tufted coverlets with scent between them that her mother had once sewn over with bowknots for the Kemble baby.


  • The buttons buttoned as fast as they were unbuttoned; the pins quilted themselves in as fast as they were pulled out; and the strings flew round like lightning and twisted themselves into bowknots as fast as they were untied.

    The Children's Book of Christmas Stories

  • Bloom's wake, the last zigzagging white on the breeze a mocking kite, a tail of white bowknots.


  • It was worn high on her head, banded a la grecque, with a small knot on the crown from which depended a number of ringlets ornamented with bowknots.

    Viola Gwyn

  • When I went to father, hoping for consolation, he was even less charitable, remarking that he thought now long lines were more suitable and graceful for me than bunches and bowknots.

    People of the Whirlpool

  • They were really remarkable artists in their way, and though it's a painful way, I couldn't help admiring their gift in bowknots and other difficult poses.

    Short Stories and Essays (from Literature and Life)


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