noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English — more at thrush Date: before 12th century thrush I; specifically song thrush

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

, (Turdus musicus)

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  • Throstle — Thros tle, n. [OE. throsel, AS. [thorn]rostle, [thorn]rosle; akin to MHG. trostel, G. drossel, Icel. [thorn]r[ o]str, Sw. trast, Lith. strazdas, L. turdus. [root]238. Cf. {Thrush} the bird.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) The song thrush. See under {Song}. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • throstle — thrush, O.E. þrostle, from P.Gmc. *thrustalo (Cf. O.S. throsla, O.H.G. droscala, Ger. Drossel thrush ), altered from (perhaps a dim. of) *thurstaz (see THRUSH (Cf. thrush)), though OED considers this a distinct word from the same PIE root …   Etymology dictionary

  • throstle — [thräs′əl] n. [ME < OE, akin to Ger drossel < IE base * trozdos > THRUSH1] 1. Now Chiefly Dial. SONG THRUSH 2. [from the humming sound it makes] any of various machines for spinning wool, etc …   English World dictionary

  • throstle — noun a) A song thrush. The throstle is by some believed to be the finest singing bird in Britain, on account of the sweetness, variety, and continuance of its melody. b) A machine for spinning wool, cotton, etc., from the rove, consisting of a… …   Wiktionary

  • throstle — Song Song (s[o^]ng; 115), n. [AS. song, sang, fr. singan to sing; akin to D. zang, G. sang, Icel. s[ o]ngr, Goth. saggws. See {Sing}.] 1. That which is sung or uttered with musical modulations of the voice, whether of a human being or of a bird,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • throstle — [ θrɒs(ə)l] noun 1》 Brit. old fashioned term for song thrush. 2》 (also throstle frame) historical a spinning machine having a continuous action for drawing and twisting yarn. Origin OE, of Gmc origin; sense 2 was appar. named from the humming… …   English new terms dictionary

  • throstle — n. 1 a song thrush. 2 (in full throstle frame) a machine for continuously spinning wool or cotton etc. Etymology: OE f. Gmc: rel. to THRUSH(1) …   Useful english dictionary

  • throstle — /thros euhl/, n. 1. Brit., Chiefly Literary. the song thrush. 2. Obs. a machine for spinning wool, cotton, etc., in which the twisting and winding are simultaneous and continuous. [bef. 900; ME, OE; c. D drossel, G Drossel; akin to ON throstr, L… …   Universalium

  • throstle — Cleveland Dialect List the thrush …   English dialects glossary

  • throstle — n. song thrush; old spinning machine used in the past for spinning cotton or wool fibers …   English contemporary dictionary

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