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Knoll, n. Also: knole, knoull. [ME. knol(le, OE. cnoll. Much the more common Sc. form is Know.Early place-name examples are Brunecnolh (sic), -cnol, -cnolle (and -cnolleflat) (1165–1249 Liber Melros I. 119, 121, 243, 244) and Knolestruthyr (c 1350 Liber Dryburgh 231).]

A small rounded hill, a hillock or a mound. 1513 Doug. v. ii. 5.
Eneas … Syne spak thir wordis on a knollys hycht
Ib. xii. xii. 20.
As thir montanys excedis the knollys abowt
Ib. vii. xiii. 42 (R).
Of Rutuly the hylly knollis hye
1513 Selkirk B. Ct. fol. 22.
His reig of land … lyand within the fredome of Selkyrk wnder the knoll
1533 Boece ix. viii. 304 b.
Grete palacis … apoun the … knollis within the ciete war brynt
1668 Kirkcudbr. Sheriff Ct. Deeds I. 226.
To the streight betwuixt the twa buttes abone the Broome knoll
1670 Ib. 223.
Betwixt the twae knoles or littll hils above the old clowse and damme of the said loch of Achinreoch
16.. Symson's Descr. Galloway 112.
The vatters gathring togidder betwix thesse knoulls, make almost innumerable lochs and standing vasches

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