I will the distaff hold; come thou and spin.Fairfax.
2. Used as a symbol of the holder of a distaff; hence, a woman; women, collectively.
His crown usurped, a distaff on the throne.Dryden.
Some say the crozier, some say the distaff was too busy.Howell.
The plural is regular, but Distaves occurs in Beaumont & Fletcher.
Descent by distaff, descent on the mother's side. --
Distaff's Day, the morrow of the Epiphany, that is, January 7, because working at the distaff was then resumed, after the Christmas festival; -- called also
Rock Day, a distaff being called a rock.
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