1. A knob; a bud; a bunch; a button. "Four bowls made like unto almonds, with their knops and their flowers." (Ex. Xxv. 21)

2. Any boldly projecting sculptured ornament; especially, the ornamental termination of a pinnacle, and then synonymous with finial; called also knob, and knosp.

<botany> Knop sedge, the bur reed (Sparganium); so called from its globular clusters of seed vessels.

Origin: OE. Knop, knoppe; cf. D.knop, knoop, G. Knopf, Dan. Knap, knop, Sw. Knapp, knopp, button, bud, Icel. Knappr, and E. Knap, Cf. Knap, Knob.

(01 Mar 1998)

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