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Definition of distaff:

  1. The staff for holding a bunch of flax, tow, or wool, from which the thread is drawn in spinning by hand.
  2. Used as a symbol of the holder of a distaff; hence, a woman; women, collectively.

Synonyms:

womanhood, gender, womankind, womenfolk, femininity, muliebrity, feminine, female.

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