One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A knob, especially an ornamental one, for example in the stem of a wine glass.
lump, bump, protuberance, projection, protrusion, bulge, swelling, knot, node, nodule, gnarl, growth, outgrowth, excrescence, carbuncle, tumourView synonyms
- ‘The stem may be straight or with swellings called knops.’
- 1.1 An ornamental loop or tuft in yarn.
Middle English: from Middle Low German and Middle Dutch knoppe.
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