- British (chiefly Literary ). the song thrush.
- Obsolete. a machine for spinning wool, cotton, etc., in which the twisting and winding are simultaneous and continuous.
- a poetic name for the thrush, esp the song thrush
- a spinning machine for wool or cotton in which the fibres are twisted and wound continuously
n.“thrush,” Old English þrostle, from Proto-Germanic *thrustalo (cf. Old Saxon throsla, Old High German droscala, German Drossel “thrush”), altered from (perhaps a diminutive of) *thurstaz (see thrush (n.1)), though OED considers this a distinct word from the same PIE root.