2. A machine for spinning wool, cotton, etc, from the rove, consisting of a set of drawing rollers with bobbins and flyers, and differing from the mule in having the twisting apparatus stationary and the processes continuous; so called because it makes a singing noise. Throstle cock, the missel thrush.
Origin: OE. Throsel, AS. Rostle, rosle; akin to MHG. Trostel, G. Drossel, Icel. Rostr, Sw. Trast, Lith. Strazdas, L. Turdus. 238. Cf. Thrush the bird.
(01 Mar 1998)
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