knotty

Part of speech: noun

KNOTTINESS.

Part of speech: adjective

Marked by knots; like a knot; difficult; intricate.

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Usage examples "knotty":

  1. The sides of their body project in a remarkable degree; their skin is enormously thick, knotty in its surface, and has but a few hairs scattered over it. - "Anecdotes of the Habits and Instinct of Animals", R. Lee.
  2. It must be a very knotty one. - "Harley Greenoak's Charge", Bertram Mitford.
  3. It is curious to observe that in this trial the by- standers were several times appealed to for an expression of opinion on some knotty question. - "Nooks and Corners of the New England Coast", Samuel Adams Drake.