Etymology
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throstle (n.)

"thrush," Old English þrostle "thrush," from Proto-Germanic *thrust- (source also of Old Saxon throsla, Old High German droscala, German Drossel "thrush"), altered from (perhaps a diminutive of) *thurstaz (see thrush (n.1)).

updated on January 29, 2014

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Definitions of throstle from WordNet

throstle (n.)
a spinning machine formerly used to twist and wind fibers of cotton or wool continuously;
throstle (n.)
common Old World thrush noted for its song;
Synonyms: song thrush / mavis / Turdus philomelos
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