or char·ka



(in India and the East Indies) a cotton gin or spinning wheel.

Nearby words

  1. charity begins at home,
  2. charity commissioners,
  3. charity school,
  4. charivari,
  5. chark,
  6. charlady,
  7. charlatan,
  8. charlatanism,
  9. charlatanry,
  10. charlemagne

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




(in India) a spinning wheel, esp for cotton

Word Origin for charkha

from Hindi

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