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.
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.