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[thros-uh l] /ˈθrɒs əl/
British (chiefly Literary) . the song thrush.
Obsolete. a machine for spinning wool, cotton, etc., in which the twisting and winding are simultaneous and continuous.
Origin of throstle
before 900; Middle English, Old English; cognate with Dutch drossel, German Drossel; akin to Old Norse thrǫstr, Latin turdus thrush Unabridged
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  • Yellow hair at her, and eyes like the sea, and a voice same as the throstle!

  • Barbara was nineteen, and she had a voice which for gaiety and sweetness was like that of a throstle.

    Cruel Barbara Allen David Christie Murray
  • throstle and skylark to be admired must be heard at a distance.

  • You'll niver hear a throstle i' front o' a robin, nor a robin i' front o' a blackbird.

    More Tales of the Ridings Frederic Moorman
  • I wonder if even a throstle would not get out of tune were it sentenced to life-long captivity?

    Mavis of Green Hill Faith Baldwin
  • We'll find a green brae by a babblin' burn aneath a snawy hawthorn, whaur the throstle sings an' the blackbird whustles.

    Greyfriars Bobby Eleanor Atkinson
  • Last Wednesday afternoon I was taking a country walk, when all at once my eye was suddenly caught by a throstle.

  • Upon the seaside sand-hills it is interesting to observe how ingeniously the throstle deals with the snails.


    Leo H. (Leo Hartley) Grindon
  • In this way, they were, strictly speaking, rivals of the throstle doubling frame more than the spinning mule.

    The Story of the Cotton Plant Frederick Wilkinson
  • If the throstle hen kens nae the mottled lover that sings to her, what other bird o' the wood can come to the knowledge?

British Dictionary definitions for throstle


a poetic name for the thrush, esp the song thrush
a spinning machine for wool or cotton in which the fibres are twisted and wound continuously
Word Origin
Old English; related to Old Saxon throsla, Old Norse thröstr, Middle High German drostel
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Word Origin and History for throstle

"thrush," Old English þrostle, from Proto-Germanic *thrustalo (cf. Old Saxon throsla, Old High German droscala, German Drossel "thrush"), altered from (perhaps a diminutive of) *thurstaz (see thrush (n.1)), though OED considers this a distinct word from the same PIE root.

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