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- adj. Having many protuberances, knobs or knots; knotty, rough or rugged.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Knotty; rough; figuratively, rough in temper.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Knotty; full of knots; rough with knots; having prominent joints.
- Hence Rough in temper; cross; waspish.
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We crawled and banged another mile and a half, parked at the end of the road, the Mahogany Flat Campground, shouldered packs, and began the 7-mile hike to the knaggy summit.
But to enter in thereat, because it is of a knaggy, difficult, and rugged access, this is the question which I ask of you.
When she married she would cultivate the soil like the other women; her flower-like whiteness would fade and turn yellow; her hands would become black and scaly; she would be like her mother and all the old peasant women, a female skeleton, bent and knaggy, like the trunk of an olive tree.
The other from tribulus, the head of a flail, or flagel, knaggy and knotty, (made commonly, as I take it, of a thick black thorn,) and then it imports, that afflictions falling upon us as heavy as the flail threshing the corn are styled tribulations.
(whose back is impenetrable) hath knaggy horns as also the _Hart_, 4.
Even then, with the heartless cruelty of the race, they will dispatch an old man to the distant forest with an ax, whence he returns with his white head painfully bowed under a back-load of knaggy limbs, and his bare bronzed bowlegs moving on with that catlike softness and evenness of the Indian, but so slowly that he scarcely seems to get on at all. "[