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First published 1974 (SND Vol. IX).
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TAMAR-SPINNLE, n.comb. Also tammar-tammy-. An instrument for twisting ropes (Ork. 1929 Marw., tamar-, tammy-). [′tɑ:mərspɪnl]Ork. 1924 P. Ork. A.S. II. 80:
Another more elaborate machine for making hair rope was what was called a “tammar-spindle.”

[Presumably ad. Norw. dial. taumarne, O.N. tauma, gen. pl. of taumr, rope + Spinnel. See Tome.]

Tamar-spinnle n. comb.

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