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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


Short "hint"

A forked stick for holding flax or wool for spinning.

Usage examples (34)
  • She spun a fine thread of flax from the distaff that she would later use to make lace.
  • The distaff is a better weapon for you than the scimitar! "
  • Here one comes upon the rooms marked with the so-called "distaff" pattern, supposed to indicate that they were the women's quarters.
  • "The distaff is a long staff for holding wool, flax, or other fibrous material, from which the thread is drawn out when spinning by hand. for more
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