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spinning jenny

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noun
an early spinning machine having more than one spindle, enabling a person to spin a number of yarns simultaneously.
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Origin of spinning jenny

First recorded in 1775–85
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spinning jenny

noun
an early type of spinning frame with several spindles, invented by James Hargreaves in 1764

Word Origin for spinning jenny

C18: see jenny; the reason for the adoption of the woman's name is unclear
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