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 Knots of May.Knotgrass. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Knotted Stick is Planed (The).
The house of Orleans is worsted by that of Burgundy. The house of Orleans bore for its badge a bâton noueux, the house of Burgundy a plane; hence the French saying, “Le bâton noueux est plané.   1

 Knots of May.Knotgrass. 

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