- a firework that revolves on a pin, making a wheel of fire or sparks; pinwheel.
- wheel window.
Also catharine wheel.
Origin of Catherine wheel
1175–1225; Middle English; named after St. Catherine of Alexandria, from wheel used to torture her
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- Also called: pinwheel a type of firework consisting of a powder-filled spiral tube, mounted with a pin through its centre. When lit it rotates quickly, producing a display of sparks and coloured flame
- a circular window having ribs radiating from the centre
C16: named after St Catherine of Alexandria