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Distaff vs. Paternal

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Distaffnoun

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.

Paternaladjective

Of or pertaining to one's father, his genes, his relatives, or his side of a family

‘paternal grandfather’;

Distaffnoun

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

Paternaladjective

Fatherly; behaving as or characteristic of a father.

Distaffnoun

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

Paternaladjective

Received or inherited from one's father.

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Distaffnoun

A race for female horses only.

Paternaladjective

Acting as a father

‘paternal filicide’;

Distaffnoun

A woman, or women considered as a group.

Paternaladjective

Of or pertaining to a father; fatherly; showing the disposition of a father; guiding or instructing as a father; as, paternal care.

Distaffadjective

Of, relating to, or characteristic of women.

Paternaladjective

Received or derived from a father; hereditary; as, a paternal estate.

‘Their small paternal field of corn.’;

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Distaffadjective

Of the maternal side of a family.

Paternaladjective

belonging to or inherited from one's father;

‘spent his childhood on the paternal farm’; ‘paternal traits’;

Distaffnoun

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.’;

Paternaladjective

characteristic of a father

Distaffnoun

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.’;

Paternaladjective

relating to or characteristic of or befitting a parent;

‘parental guidance’;

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Distaffnoun

the sphere of work by women

Paternaladjective

related on the father's side;

‘a paternal aunt’;

Distaffnoun

the staff on which wool or flax is wound before spinning

Distaffadjective

characteristic of or peculiar to a woman;

‘female sensitiveness’; ‘female suffrage’;

Distaffnoun

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

Distaffnoun

of or concerning women

‘marriage is still the passport to distaff power’;

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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