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Catherine wheel

noun
1.
a firework that revolves on a pin, making a wheel of fire or sparks; pinwheel.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English; named after St. Catherine of Alexandria, from wheel used to torture her
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Catherine wheel

noun
1.
Also called pinwheel. a type of firework consisting of a powder-filled spiral tube, mounted with a pin through its centre. When lit it rotates quickly, producing a display of sparks and coloured flame
2.
a circular window having ribs radiating from the centre
Word Origin
C16: named after St Catherine of Alexandria
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