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Distaff vs. Maternal — What's the Difference?

Distaff vs. Maternal — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Distaff and Maternal

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Distaff

A distaff (, , also called a rock) is a tool used in spinning. It is designed to hold the unspun fibers, keeping them untangled and thus easing the spinning process.
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Maternal

Relating to a mother, especially during pregnancy or shortly after childbirth
Maternal care
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Distaff

A stick or spindle on to which wool or flax is wound for spinning.
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Maternal

Relating to or characteristic of a mother or motherhood; motherly
Maternal instinct.
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Distaff

Of or concerning women
Marriage is still the passport to distaff power
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Maternal

Inherited from one's mother
A maternal trait.
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Distaff

A staff that holds on its cleft end the unspun flax, wool, or tow from which thread is drawn in spinning by hand.
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Maternal

Related through one's mother
My maternal uncle.
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Distaff

An attachment for a spinning wheel that serves this purpose.
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Maternal

Of or pertaining to a mother; having the characteristics of a mother; motherly.
His weakness seemed to bring out her maternal instincts.
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Distaff

Work and concerns traditionally considered important to women.
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Maternal

Related through the mother, or her side of the family.
Toby is my maternal uncle.
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Distaff

Women considered as a group.
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Maternal

Derived from the mother as opposed to the foetus during pregnancy.
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Distaff

Of or relating to women and girls; female.
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Maternal

A mother.
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Distaff

Relating to or being the female line or maternal branch of a family.
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Maternal

A person related through the mother, or her side of the family; a maternal relative.
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Distaff

A device to which a bundle of natural fibres (often wool, flax, or cotton) are attached for temporary storage, before being drawn off gradually to spin thread. A traditional distaff is a staff with flax fibres tied loosely to it (as indicated by the etymology of the word), but modern distaffs are often made of cords weighted with beads, and attached to the wrist.
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Maternal

Of or pertaining to a mother; becoming to a mother; motherly; as, maternal love; maternal tenderness.
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Distaff

The part of a spinning wheel from which fibre is drawn to be spun.
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Maternal

Characteristic of a mother;
Warm maternal affection for her guest
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Distaff

Anything traditionally done by or considered of importance to women only.
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Maternal

Relating to or derived from one's mother;
Maternal genes
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Distaff

A race for female horses only.
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Maternal

Relating to or characteristic of or befitting a parent;
Parental guidance
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Distaff

A woman, or women considered as a group.
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Maternal

Related on the mother's side;
My maternal grandmother
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Distaff

Of, relating to, or characteristic of women.
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Distaff

Of the maternal side of a family.
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Distaff

The staff for holding a bunch of flax, tow, or wool, from which the thread is drawn in spinning by hand.
I will the distaff hold; come thou and spin.
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Distaff

Used as a symbol of the holder of a distaff; hence, a woman; women, collectively.
His crown usurped, a distaff on the throne.
Some say the crozier, some say the distaff was too busy.
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Distaff

The sphere of work by women
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Distaff

The staff on which wool or flax is wound before spinning
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Distaff

Characteristic of or peculiar to a woman;
Female sensitiveness
Female suffrage
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