knawel

knawel

[nawl]
noun
any of several plants belonging to the genus Scleranthus, of the pink family, native to Eurasia, especially S. annuus, a common, low-growing weed that forms dense mats.

Origin:
1570–80; < German Knauel, Kneuel knotweed

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knawel (ˈnɔːəl)
 
n
any of several Old World caryophyllaceous plants of the genus Scleranthus, having heads of minute petal-less flowers
 
[C16: from German Knauel, literally: ball of yarn, from Old High German kliuwa ball]

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