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or charka

[chahr-kuh] /ˈtʃɑr kə/
(in India and the East Indies) a cotton gin or spinning wheel.
Origin of charkha
1875-80; < Urdu < Persian Unabridged
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  • Thus every revolution of the charka I can assure you, will bring the success of this bloodless revolution the nearer every day.

    The Wheel of Fortune Mahatma Gandhi
  • The grand sorcerer charka was a man of imperial presence, gracious and subtle.

    The Goddess of Atvatabar William R. Bradshaw
  • The stripes are saffron, white and green; the charka (spinning wheel) in the center is dark blue.

    Autobiography of a YOGI Paramhansa Yogananda
  • The grand sorcerer charka and the grand sorceress Thoubool occupied a conspicuous divan upholstered with cloth of gold.

    The Goddess of Atvatabar William R. Bradshaw
  • The pontiff charka performed the marriage ceremony when the roar of guns had subsided.

    The Goddess of Atvatabar William R. Bradshaw
British Dictionary definitions for charka


(in India) a spinning wheel, esp for cotton
Word Origin
from Hindi
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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