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a device to which a bundle of natural fibres (often wool, flax, or cotton) are attached for temporary storage, before being drawn off gradually to spin thread. A traditional distaff is a staff with flax fibres tied loosely to it (see Etymology), but modern distaffs are often made of cords weighted with beads, and attached to the wrist
women considered as a group
anything traditionally done by or considered of importance to women only
referring to the maternal side of a family
of, relating to, or characteristic of women
the part of a spinning wheel from which fibre is drawn to be spun
{n} a staff used in spinning, a woman
the staff on which wool or flax is wound before spinning
The staff for holding a bunch of flax, tow, or wool, from which the thread is drawn in spinning by hand
Used as a symbol of the holder of a distaff; hence, a woman; women, collectively
a stick, used in the past for spinning wool. Device used in hand spinning in which individual fibres are drawn out of a mass of prepared fibres held on a stick (the distaff), twisted together to form a continuous strand, and wound on a second stick (the spindle). It is most often used for making linen; wool does not require a distaff (see carding). The first stage in mechanizing spinning was to mount the spindle horizontally in bearings to rotate with a large hand-driven wheel; the distaff, carrying the mass of fibre, was held in the left hand, and the spinning wheel slowly turned with the right. The Saxon, or Saxony, wheel incorporated a bobbin on which the yarn was wound continuously; the distaff holding the raw fibre became a stationary vertical rod, and the wheel was activated by a foot treadle, freeing both the operator's hands. From 17th-century England, the word distaff became a synonym for maternal as most spinning was done by women in their homes. See also domestic system
a spindle, the rod used for spinning and then winding natural fibres, especially wool
the staff on which wool or flax is wound before spinning the sphere of work by women
the sphere of work by women
characteristic of or peculiar to a woman; "female sensitiveness"; "female suffrage"
the part of a spinning wheel from which thread is drawn to be spun
{i} part of a spinning wheel that holds the wool, spindle
distaff side
the female or maternal branch of a family
distaff side
The female line or maternal branch of a family
A distaff