Catherine wheel


Cath·​er·​ine wheel ˈka-th(ə-)rin- How to pronounce Catherine wheel (audio)
: a wheel with spikes projecting from the rim

Examples of Catherine wheel in a Sentence

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Word History


St. Catherine of Alexandria died about 307 Christian martyr

First Known Use

1584, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Catherine wheel was in 1584

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“Catherine wheel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

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