Origin of knawelGerman Kn&adie;uel, from Middle High German kliuwel, kniuwel, diminutive of kliuwe, ball of yarn, from Old High German kliuwa.
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Akin to German KnÃ¤uel, a ball of thread, coil. Compare clew.