One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1†a knar or spherical growth, especially from an oak tree (obsolete rare).
2A variety of inedible ascomycete fungus, Daldinia concentrica (family Xylariaceae), having a hard, spherical black fruiting body; also called King Alfred's cakes.
Early 20th century; earliest use found in South-eastern Naturalist.
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