Knäuel

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German *kniuwel (attested in the form knüel), dissimilation of kliuwel, diminutive of kliuwe, from Old High German kliuwa. Cognate with English clew.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈknɔʏ̯əl/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: Knäu‧el

Noun[edit]

Knäuel n or m (genitive Knäuels, plural Knäuel)

  1. ball of yarn
  2. tangle; mass of something entangled
  3. (botany) knawel

Usage notes[edit]

  • The word is now generally neuter. The masculine is dated or regional.

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