Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A low-growing, weedy Eurasian annual (Scleranthus annuus) in the pink family, having narrow leaves and inconspicuous green flowers.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[German Knäuel, from Middle High German kliuwel, kniuwel, diminutive of kliuwe, ball of yarn, from Old High German kliuwa.]

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Akin to German Knäuel, a ball of thread, coil. Compare clew.

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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