distaff

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distaff

the female line in the pedigree of an animal.
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Go, then, within the house and busy yourself with your daily duties, your loom, your distaff, and the ordering of your servants; for speech is man's matter, and mine above all others {10}--for it is I who am master here.
Meek, mouse-colored donkeys, laden with panniers of freshly cut grass passed by, with a pretty girl in a capaline sitting between the green piles, or an old woman spinning with a distaff as she went.
This woman wore on her head a red handkerchief, beneath which trailed long locks of hair in color and shape like the flax on a distaff.