distaff

Definitions of distaff
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n the staff on which wool or flax is wound before spinning

Type of:
staff
a strong rod or stick with a specialized utilitarian purpose

n the sphere of work by women

Type of:
area, arena, domain, field, orbit, sphere
a particular environment or walk of life

adj characteristic of or peculiar to a woman

Synonyms:
female
feminine
associated with women and not with men

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