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The Sun reported this answer to his council, who debated the question, which was knotty.

Its bark is more rough and knotty than that of the palm-tree.

If any of them (as sometimes they are) be knotty, I referre them to Chap.

He had always meant to settle for himself that knotty question.

Then when it did come, it was crooked and knotty, much of it such as a woman could not split.

"Yes, that's it," muttered the other, in the tone of a man who was tired of a knotty problem.

She stood at his shoulder while he pointed out the knotty passage.

And now, who is she, this beauty who has set thee so knotty a problem to solve?

The branches of this tree are greatly ramified and knotty, and the bark is white.

The decision of the residence of this Thomas would solve a knotty question.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-13c. (figurative use early 13c.), from knot (n.) + -y (2). Related: Knottiness.

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