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Topic: NATURE

Date: 1600-1700
Origin: knurled 'having raised lines on the surface' (17-21 centuries), from knurl 'small part sticking out' (17-21 centuries)

gnarled

adjective
     
gnarled
1DN a gnarled tree or branch is rough and twisted with hard lumps
2MI gnarled hands or fingers are twisted, rough, and difficult to move, usually because they are old
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