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A bump or knot, as on a tree trunk; a gnarl.

[Middle English knor.]
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(nɜː) or




(Forestry) a knot or protuberance in a tree trunk or in wood
[C16 knor; related to Middle High German knorre knot; compare knar]
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a knotty growth, as on a tree.
[1350–1400; Middle English knorre, knor; c. Middle Low German, Middle Dutch, Middle High German knorre]
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"There are three items of equipment required to play: a club, some knurs and a spell or a gallows.
The following background to the game of knur and spell was supplied by Julie Stewart-Turner, who helped organise the Yorkshire Games for the Lockwood and Salford Village Green Committee.
"Knur n Spel (sic) was traditionally played throughout Northern England but in later years was restricted to a small area on the Yorkshire/Lancashire border and to a handful of players in the Barnsley area.
Karvetti and Knurs (1985) observed the actual intake of 140 participants and later interviewed them by 24-hr recall.