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fanning mill

noun, Agriculture.
a machine for winnowing grain by the action of riddles and sieves and an air blast.
Origin of fanning mill
First recorded in 1740-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The sound of the flail and the fanning mill is heard in the farmers' barns no more.

    My Boyhood John Burroughs
  • The rake tears the bushes so, and the berries have to be put through a fanning mill twice to free them from leaves and rubbish.

  • A fanning mill comes in handy to thrash and free them from rubbish and imperfect seed.

  • He wanted a hub and a spoke factory, a fanning mill factory, and as for a "paper mill there is no better point in the state."

    History of Linn County Iowa Luther A. Brewer
  • Sometimes we had a fanning mill, and how it would make my arms ache to turn the crank!

  • A part of my duty was to watch the fanning mill (in the high cupola) in order that the sieves should not clog.

  • The pods are first picked by hand from the vines, and then cleaned in a fanning mill to clear them of dust and chaff.

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