One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A knot or protuberance on a tree trunk or root.
nodule, gnarl, knurl, node, lump, knob, swelling, growth, gall, protuberance, bumpView synonyms
- ‘Together with the trunk's slits, twists, folds, convolutions, and knars these patches sometimes resemble human faces.’
Middle English knarre (denoting a rugged rock or stone); related to Middle Low German knarre ‘knobbly protuberance’; compare with knur.
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