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It turns out that the meaning 'absch��len' i.e. 'peel off' given in the
Lexikon der indogermanischen Verben for Lith. kn��ju (inf. kn��ti) is
correct. I had questioned the meaning because several on-line sources gave
the meaning of kn��ti as 'bark' without further explanation. It turns out
that kn��ju is a fairly rare word which specifically refers to removing the
bark from a felled tree. And yes, lumbermen do ''bark'' a tree after they
cut it. Aren���t dictionaries wonderful?
Thanks to Sturla Berg-Olsen, Klaus Geyer, Peter Arkadiev, Cori
Anderson, Mark Mandel for responding, and especially to Martin K��mmel, who
actually wrote the entry in the LIV. It���s always good to hear from an expert.
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