from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A knot or snarl, especially in the hair, supposed to be caused by witchcraft. Compare elf, v., and elf-lock.


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  • Zofia licked a floury thumb and made a gesture toward the witch-knot on the rafters, garlic and barley stalks.

    The Goblin Mirror

  • I had tried a 'rose-knot,' a 'witch-knot,' a 'chaise-driver's knot,' and a 'running-knot,' wi 'every kind o' knot that fingers could twist the neckcloth into, but the confounded starch made every ane look waur than anither.

    Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland, Volume XXII


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