distaff englannista suomeksi
A device to which a bundle of natural fibres (often wool, flax, or cotton) are attached for temporary storage, before being drawn off gradually to spin thread. A traditional distaff is a staff with flax fibres tied loosely to it (as indicated by the etymology of the word), but modern distaffs are often made of cords weighted with beads, and attached to the wrist.
(RQ:Shakespeare Twelfth Night) Excellent, it hangs like flax on a diſtaffe: & I hope to ſee a huſwife take thee between her legs, & ſpin it off.
(RQ:Shakespeare Lear Q1)
A woman, or women considered as a group.
(quote-book)|title=A Collection of Scarce and Valuable Tracts, on the Most Interesting and Entertaining Subjects: But Chiefly Such as Relate to the History and Constitution of These Kingdoms. Selected from an Infinite Number in Print and Manuscript, in the Royal, Cotton, Sion, and Other Public, as well as Private, Libraries; Particularly that of the Late Somers, 1st Baron Somers|Lord Somers|edition=2nd|location=London|publisher=Printed for Cadell (publisher)|Thomas Cadell and W. Davies, London|Strand ''et al.''|year=1643|year_published=1811|volume=V|page=42|pageurl=https://archive.org/stream/collectionofscar05scotpage/42/mode/1up/|oclc=912953531|passage=But O, passenger, if thou art desirous to know the cause of these fatal discomposures, of this inextricable war, truly I must deal plainly: I cannot resolve thee herein to any full satisfaction. Grievances there were, I must confess, and some incongruities in my civil government, (wherein, some say, the crozier, some say, the distaff was too busy,) but I little thought, God knows, that those grievances required a redress this way.
(quote-book), at Gray's Inn|Grays-inn-gate, in Gray's Inn Road|Grays-inn-lane, and at the Judge's-Head, in Lane|Chancery-lane|year=1681|section=Act IV, ii|page=53|pageurl=https://archive.org/stream/spanishfryarordo00drydpage/53/mode/1up/|oclc=6484883|passage=Can I ſooth Tyranny? / Seem pleas'd to ſee my Royal Maſter murther'd, / His crown uſurp'd, a Diſtaff in the Throne &91;(w)&93;, / A Council made up of ſuch as dare not ſpeak, / And could not if they durſt; (..)
(RQ:Toole Confederacy Dunces) Where is our little distaff member this morning?" / "I had to send her home. She came to work this morning in her nightgown." / Ignatius frowned and said, "I do not understand why she was sent away. After all, we are quite informal here. We are one big family. I only hope that you have not damaged her morale."
Of, relating to, or characteristic of women.
(quote-journal).|editor=Newnes|George Newnes|magazine=Strand Magazine|The Strand Magazine: An Illustrated Monthly|location=London|publisher=George Newnes, Limited,(nb...)|month=April|year=1892|volume=III|issue=16|page=387|pageurl=https://archive.org/stream/StrandMagazine16/Strand16page/n58/mode/1up/|column=2|oclc=1006315258|passage=Lord Robert Walsingham de Vere St. Simon, second son of the Duke of Balmoral— (..) They inherit Plantagenet blood by direct descent, and Tudor on the distaff side.
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