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distaff:

see spinningspinning,
the drawing out, twisting, and winding of fibers into a continuous thread or yarn. From antiquity until the Industrial Revolution, spinning was a household industry. The roughly carded fiber was at first held in one hand and drawn out and twisted by the other hand.
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distaff

the rod on which flax is wound preparatory to spinning
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It was common belief that, alone in her house, the witch anointed her feet and shoulders with the fat of a murdered baby, then mounted a broomstick, distaff, or rake, and made her exit by the chimney, to ride through the air to meet the rest of the coven.
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