throstle

throstle

[thros-uhl]
noun
1.
British (chiefly Literary) . the song thrush.
2.
Obsolete. a machine for spinning wool, cotton, etc., in which the twisting and winding are simultaneous and continuous.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English, Old English; cognate with Dutch drossel, German Drossel; akin to Old Norse thrǫstr, Latin turdus thrush

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throstle (ˈθrɒsəl)
 
n
1.  a poetic name for the thrush, esp the song thrush
2.  a spinning machine for wool or cotton in which the fibres are twisted and wound continuously
 
[Old English; related to Old Saxon throsla, Old Norse thröstr, Middle High German drostel]

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throstle
"thrush," O.E. þrostle, from P.Gmc. *thrustalo (cf. O.S. throsla, O.H.G. droscala, Ger. Drossel "thrush"), altered from (perhaps a dim. of) *thurstaz (see thrush), though OED considers this a distinct word from the same PIE root.
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