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1. Chiefly British Any of various thrushes, especially a song thrush.
2. A machine formerly used for spinning fibers such as cotton or wool.

[Middle English, from Old English.]


1. (Animals) a poetic name for the thrush, esp the song thrush
2. (Textiles) a spinning machine for wool or cotton in which the fibres are twisted and wound continuously
[Old English; related to Old Saxon throsla, Old Norse thröstr, Middle High German drostel]


(ˈθrɒs əl)

Brit. the song thrush.
[before 900; Middle English, Old English, c. Old Saxon throsla, Old High German drōscala; akin to thrush1]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.throstle - a spinning machine formerly used to twist and wind fibers of cotton or wool continuously
spinning machine - a textile machine for spinning yarn and thread
2.throstle - common Old World thrush noted for its songthrostle - common Old World thrush noted for its song
thrush - songbirds characteristically having brownish upper plumage with a spotted breast
genus Turdus, Turdus - type genus of the Turdidae
References in classic literature ?
There's my little lad Aaron, he's got a gift--he can sing a tune off straight, like a throstle.
It was at the dawn of day in the merry Maytime, when hedgerows are green and flowers bedeck the meadows; daisies pied and yellow cuckoo buds and fair primroses all along the briery hedges; when apple buds blossom and sweet birds sing, the lark at dawn of day, the throstle cock and cuckoo; when lads and lasses look upon each other with sweet thoughts; when busy housewives spread their linen to bleach upon the bright green grass.
That was his most perfect idea of heaven's happiness: mine was rocking in a rustling green tree, with a west wind blowing, and bright white clouds flitting rapidly above; and not only larks, but throstles, and blackbirds, and linnets, and cuckoos pouring out music on every side, and the moors seen at a distance, broken into cool dusky dells; but close by great swells of long grass undulating in waves to the breeze; and woods and sounding water, and the whole world awake and wild with joy.
48) - PS117 (x2) Throstle Nest, PS115 Butterknowes, PS106 Throstle Nest, PS105 Bolam West Houses & Hallington New Houses, PS103 Ochrelands, PS102 South Gunnerton, PS101.
The winners of that game play Scarborough Athletic in the final on Friday at Farsley Celtic's Throstle Nest ground in West Yorkshire.
Emergency crews battled to rescue the victims following the incident which happened in Healey Lane, Batley, near the junction with Throstle Nest, just after 7pm.
Assembly members were also told the club's famous Throstle mascot in Woodman corner might have to be relocated to expand facilities for disabled supporters in line with Premier League requirements.
VAUXHALL left it late at Throstle Nest in Blue Square North but claimed their third win in a week thanks to an 88th-minute winner from new captain Mattie Burke.
MAGNIFICAT "Flesh and fleece, fur and feather, grass and green world all together; star-eyed strawberry-breasted throstle above her nested cluster of blue eggs, thin forms and warms the life within; and bird and blossom swell in sod or sheath or shell.
Topping the sale on two separate occasions at PS100 were two strong Texel x hoggs consigned by M/s IK&TN Wilson, Throstle Nest.
The WBA-lettered badge replaces the club crest or throstle for the first time since it disappeared in 1986.