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knotty

adjective uk   /ˈnɒt.i/ us    /ˈnɑː.t̬i/

knotty adjective (COMPLICATED)

informal (of a problem or difficulty) complicated and difficult to solve: It was a very knotty problem.

knotty adjective (WOOD)

with a lot of knots: a knotty piece of wood
Translations of “knotty”
in Chinese (Traditional) 複雜的, 錯綜複雜的, 難於解決的,棘手的…
in Chinese (Simplified) 复杂的, 错综复杂的, 难于解决的,棘手的…
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