Definition of knawel in English:


Pronunciation /nôl/ /nɔl/


  • A low-growing inconspicuous plant of the pink family, growing in temperate regions of the northern hemisphere.

    Genus Scleranthus, family Caryophyllaceae

    ‘I saw no shepherd's purse after December 27th, but knawel was in flower as late as January 18th.’
    • ‘Other related species include stitchwort and chickweed, catchflies, knawels, pearlworts and sea-spurreys.’
    • ‘Self-pollination allows for distinct races to develop and several sub-species of annual knawel have been recognised, however their status in Ireland has not been investigated.’
    • ‘Both knawels are sometimes named pesky weeds, but every plant, which can survive in the poor soil, is important for the Spit.’


Late 16th century from German Knauel, Knäuel ‘knotgrass’.