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Etymology 1[edit]

Old English cnoll (summit). Related to Old Norse knollr (found only in names of places), Dutch knol (tuber), Swedish knöl (tuber), Danish knold (hillock, clod, tuber) and German Knolle (bulb)


knoll (plural knolls)

  1. A small mound or rounded hill.
    • Sir Walter Scott
      On knoll or hillock rears his crest, / Lonely and huge, the giant oak.

Etymology 2[edit]

Imitative, or variant of knell.


knoll (plural knolls)

  1. A knell.


knoll (third-person singular simple present knolls, present participle knolling, simple past and past participle knolled)

  1. To ring (a bell) mournfully; to knell.
  2. To sound, like a bell; to knell.
    • Shakespeare, "As you like it", Act II, scene VII, 114
    If ever been where bells have knoll´d to church.
    • Byron
      For a departed being's soul / The death hymn peals, and the hollow bells knoll.
    • Tennyson
      Heavy clocks knolling the drowsy hours.