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distaff

dis·taff

distaff

 
pronunciation:
dI staef
parts of speech:
noun, adjective
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Word Combinations (noun)
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a staff with one cleft end to hold the material from which thread is drawn in spinning by hand or on a spinning wheel.
definition 2: (old-fashioned) women as a whole, or the traditional sphere and concerns of women.
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part of speech: adjective
definition: (old-fashioned) denoting, pertaining to, characteristic of, or fit for females.
Distaff members of the club have separate facilities.The gene is passed down on the distaff side of the family.