throstle

[ thros-uh l ]
/ ˈθrɒs əl /
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noun

British (chiefly Literary ). the song thrush.
Obsolete. a machine for spinning wool, cotton, etc., in which the twisting and winding are simultaneous and continuous.

Origin of throstle

before 900; Middle English, Old English; cognate with Dutch drossel, German Drossel; akin to Old Norse thrǫstr, Latin turdus thrush
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throstle

/ (ˈθrɒsəl) /

noun

a poetic name for the thrush, esp the song thrush
a spinning machine for wool or cotton in which the fibres are twisted and wound continuously

Word Origin for throstle

Old English; related to Old Saxon throsla, Old Norse thröstr, Middle High German drostel
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Word Origin and History for throstle

throstle


n.

"thrush," Old English þrostle, from Proto-Germanic *thrustalo (cf. Old Saxon throsla, Old High German droscala, German Drossel "thrush"), altered from (perhaps a diminutive of) *thurstaz (see thrush (n.1)), though OED considers this a distinct word from the same PIE root.

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