Thursday, December 18, 2014

What does the word "distaff" refer to?

Distaff is another word for spindle and is traditionally associated with women. (Much as an unmarried woman is still sometimes called a "spinster," especially in the UK).

In the horse word, the "distaff" is the female side of a horse's pedigree. (Many breeders consider the mare to give more to the foal than the stallion). It's most often heard when talking about racehorses.

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