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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.
The WBA-lettered badge replaces the club crest or throstle for the first time since it disappeared in 1986.
THE Council has made the following decisions: Conditional permission: C Wildgoose, one house (conservation area), |land off Throstle Nest, Manchester Road, Marsden.
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.
The chairman knows a massive overhaul is needed to make this weather-beaten Throstle clear his tonsils and chirp.
Banners featuring famous quotes from the club's history were discussed whilst there was also a call for a greater use of Albion's emblem, the Throstle, currently sited in the Woodman Corner interior.
And reflecting on August's 4-2 reverse at the Throstle Nest, Gray said: "It was disappointing.
Second day: Milton Stakes (7), Newmarket 4-5; St Leger (8), Throstle, 50-1.