/nub/, n.
1. the point, gist, or heart of something.
2. a knob or protuberance.
3. a lump or small piece: a nub of coal; a nub of pencil.
4. a small mass of fibers produced on a card, dyed brilliant colors, and introduced into yarn during the spinning process.
Also, knub.
[1585-95; < LG, MLG knubbe; cf. KNOB]

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