Knuckle-bow

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Knuckle-bow the curved part of a sword-guard that covers the fingers
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. knokil; cf. Dut. knokkel; prob. Celt., W. cnwc.

Usage

In literature:

Then he halted before the dumb Beetle and softly knuckled his bead, Beetle bowing to the strokes.
"Stalky & Co." by Rudyard Kipling
He politely bowed over her bony knuckles and kissed them quickly.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
Her shoulders are bowed from work, and her hands are gnarled and knuckled.
"The New Boys at Oakdale" by Morgan Scott
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