- 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
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Examples from the Web for fanning mill
He walked out into the barn, and leaned against the fanning-mill to think it all over.Si Klegg, Book 5 (of 6)
The fanning-mill, porcelain and the cheng may be fairly credited to her.
We meet in the Chinese section with the original of our fanning-mill or winnowing-machine for grain.
After a while we got a kind of fanning-mill, mower, reaper, etc.
You're going to ask forgiveness for all your damn tricks, and pray like a fanning-mill for the spirit to come down.Northern Lights, Complete