or char·ka

[ 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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for charka

  • 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
  • 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 pontiff Charka performed the marriage ceremony when the roar of guns had subsided.

    The Goddess of Atvatabar|William R. Bradshaw
  • The grand sorcerer Charka was a man of imperial presence, gracious and subtle.

    The Goddess of Atvatabar|William R. Bradshaw

British Dictionary definitions for charka



/ (ˈtʃɑːkə) /


(in India) a spinning wheel, esp for cotton

Word Origin for charkha

from Hindi
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