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1. a staff with a cleft end for holding wool, flax, etc., from which the thread is drawn in spinning by hand.
2. a similar attachment on a spinning wheel.
a. a woman or women collectively.
b. woman's work.
Sometimes Offensive.noting, pertaining to, characteristic of, or suitable for a woman; female.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.