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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Do what you should do, work a charkha and you will realise the result.

    India for Indians C. R. (Chittaranjan) Das
  • The right hand is employed in turning the reel by the handle of the charkha.

    The Wheel of Fortune Mahatma Gandhi
  • It is superstition to say that the yarn spun on the charkha cannot be strong and even.

    The Wheel of Fortune Mahatma Gandhi
  • It is only for one year that we are asking for charkha and after that you can regulate your methods.

    India for Indians C. R. (Chittaranjan) Das
  • I expect the greatest results from the experiment of introducing the charkha in the National Schools.

    The Wheel of Fortune Mahatma Gandhi
  • Mahatma Gandhiji's charkha has caused much laughter before the officials.

    India for Indians C. R. (Chittaranjan) Das
  • I was telling you something about charkha, I have been asked in several places as to how charkha could improve matters.

    India for Indians C. R. (Chittaranjan) Das
British Dictionary definitions for charkha


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