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distaff

  

      n  
1    the rod on which flax is wound preparatory to spinning  
2    Figurative   women's work  
     (Old English distæf, from dis- bunch of flax + stæf staff1; see dizen)  


distaff side  
      n   the female side or branch of a family  
   Compare       spear side  
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