Pronunciation: [NAK-wurst; NAHK-vursht]
Short, thick links of precooked beef and/or pork sausage that is well flavored with garlic. Knackwurst is usually boiled or grilled before serving, often with sauerkraut. The name comes from the German knack ("crack") and wurst ("sausage"), named for the crackling sound the sausage makes when bitten into.
From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.