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knoll1

[nohl] /noʊl/
noun
1.
a small, rounded hill or eminence; hillock.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English cnol, Old English cnoll; cognate with Norwegian knoll hillock; akin to Dutch knol turnip, Icelandic knollur, German Knollen, Danish knold tuber
Related forms
knolly, adjective

knoll2

[nohl] /noʊl/
verb (used with object)
1.
to ring or toll a bell for; announce by tolling.
2.
to ring or toll (a bell).
verb (used without object)
3.
to sound, as a bell; ring.
4.
to sound a knell.
noun
5.
a stroke of a bell in ringing or tolling.
Origin
1350-1400; Middle English (noun and v.); variant of knell
Related forms
knoller, noun
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Examples for knoll
  • knoll speculated that the pillars may have been propped up, perhaps by wooden posts.
  • In a curious predator-prey role reversal, the pronghorn antelope pursued a coyote across a knoll.
  • The village itself sits deep in a knoll between wooded slopes.
  • There is a den not too far away atop a timbered knoll sheltered by overhanging boughs.
  • The two rival teams have pitched their tents close by each other, separated only by a rocky knoll.
  • It sat on the top of a round knoll, a fine cottonwood grove behind it.
  • At one side, jutting into the lake, is a knoll with a group of trees sheltering a stag and doe.
  • He spent many afternoons on top of a windy knoll, contemplating the layered, pitted landscape geologists had described.
British Dictionary definitions for knoll

knoll1

/nəʊl/
noun
1.
a small rounded hill
Derived Forms
knolly, adjective
Word Origin
Old English cnoll; compare Old Norse knollr hilltop

knoll2

/nəʊl/
noun, verb
1.
an archaic or dialect word for knell
Derived Forms
knoller, noun
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Word Origin and History for knoll
n.

Old English cnoll "hilltop, small hill, clod, ball," related to Old Norse knollr "hilltop;" German knolle "clod, lump;" Dutch knol "turnip," nol "a hill."

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