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distaff

the female line in the pedigree of an animal.
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Fiske (English, Rutgers University) follows the distaff side of Greek.
Hers is the voice of the play, quite literally the distaff side of things, as she struggles to maintain her husband's kingdom while he spends 10 years fighting at Troy and another decade getting (slowly) home.
More prevarications follow, then sample portions of the rich, gooey stuff arrives at table and the distaff side protests again, eying the goodies the way a lion contemplates a herd of wildebeests.
The distaff side gets short shrift in his historical discussion, too.
How brave and how funny to choose this title, inviting us to haul the body of the fifty-three-year-old artist from the distaff side of the still-quite-sexist German art world and to read it back into the cramped display of three decades' worth of production, including "moving walls," mechanical sculptures, studies for books, and, above all, wool pictures.
The distaff side are the ones keeping 'the wedding industrial complex' in great commercial shape, says Anne Kingston in a new book, The Meaning of Wife.
The inn's owners--particularly on the distaff side, traditionally the power in Japan's culture of hospitality--wanted a look that diverged from the formulaic.
Even on the distaff side of laissez faire, security was personal, not social, and what injustice existed this side of heaven would no doubt be redeemed beyond the Pearly Gates.
Lining up on the distaff side are all-weather girl Storm (Halle Berry), mind-reading Jean Grey (Famke Janssen), shape-shifting Mystique (Rebecca Romijn-Stamos) and the healing Rogue (Anna Paquin).
The states with the worst percentages for the distaff side were: Alabama (keeping its ranking of 50th), 7.
His sensitivity and thoughtfulness attracted him to the distaff side, instead.
In a separate chapter on women in the astronomical community, Lankford describes how education and employment opportunities in astronomy differed on the distaff side.