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A knob or ball; an object resembling a ball in form; as:

The knob on the hilt of a sword.

The knob or protuberant part of a saddlebow.

The top (of the head).

A knob forming the finial of a turret or pavilion.

Origin: OE. Pomel, OF. Pomel, F. Pommeau, LL. Pomellus, fr. L. Pomum fruit, LL. Also, an apple. See Pome.