Catherine wheel
Catherine wheel Cath"er*ine wheel` [So called from St. Catherine of Alexandria, who is represented with a wheel, in allusion to her martyrdom.] 1. (Geoth.Arth.) Same as {Rose window} and {Wheel window}. Called also {Catherine-wheel window}. [1913 Webster]

2. (Pyrotechny) A revolving piece of fireworks resembling in form the window of the same name. [Written also {Catharine wheel}.] [1913 Webster]


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