Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A low-growing, weedy Eurasian annual (Scleranthus annuus) having narrow leaves and inconspicuous green flowers.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A low, spreading weed, Scleranthus annuus, common in sandy soil.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A low, spreading weed (Scleranthus annuus), common in sandy soil.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. widely distributed low-growing Eurasian herb having narrow leaves and inconspicuous green flowers

Etymologies

German Knäuel, from Middle High German kliuwel, kniuwel, diminutive of kliuwe, ball of yarn, from Old High German kliuwa.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Akin to German Knäuel, a ball of thread, coil. Compare clew. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Found chickweed and knawel in bloom, and an old garden was full of fresh-looking pansies. "" 4th.

    The Foot-path Way

  • I saw no shepherd's purse after December 27th, but knawel was in flower as late as January 18th.

    The Foot-path Way

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