- Now Chiefly Dial. song thrush
Origin of throstlefrom the humming sound it makes any of various machines for spinning wool, etc.
Origin of throstleMiddle English ; from OE, akin to German drossel ; from Indo-European base an unverified form trozdos- from source thrush
- Chiefly British Any of various thrushes, especially a song thrush.
- A machine formerly used for spinning fibers such as cotton or wool.
Origin of throstleMiddle English, from Old English.