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Spindle-half

The female line. A Saxon term. The spindle was the pin on which the thread was wound from the spinning-wheel. (See Spear-Half.)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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  • Spindle-half - Spindle-half The female line. A Saxon term. The spindle was the pin on which the thread was wound ...
  • Spear-half - Spear-half The male line. The female line was called by the Anglo-Saxons the Spindle-half (q.v.). ...
  • Dictionary of Phrase and Fable: S - Definitions, origins, and illustrative excerpts for words, phases, and literary allusions starting with "S"

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