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1. A protuberance or knob.
2. A small lump.
3. The essence; the core: the nub of a story.

[Variant of knub, probably from Low German knubbe, from Middle Low German, variant of knobbe.]

nub′by adj.
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having small lumps or protuberances; knobbly
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(ˈnʌb i)

adj. -bi•er, -bi•est.
having nubs; knobby or lumpy.
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Adj.1.nubby - of textilesnubby - of textiles; having a rough surface; "a sweater knitted of nubbly homespun yarns"
rough, unsmooth - having or caused by an irregular surface; "trees with rough bark"; "rough ground"; "rough skin"; "rough blankets"; "his unsmooth face"
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Almaz hits all the Moroccan favourites, and hits them spot-on: A pastilla, the famous crisp pastry filled with meat and topped with icing sugar and cinnamon, is dense with pigeon and nubby bites of walnut; the harrira soup is light enough to end your fast and yet full of body with lamb, pulses and vegetables.
A nubby shirt gets groovy with a sweet skirt or leather leggings.
THE PEOPLE OF the Kentucky and West Virginia borderland, where Don Blankenship's family has lived for generations, have always clustered, out of tradition and necessity, along river valleys and in low-lying hollows amid the nubby Appalachian peaks.