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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