Catherine wheel

noun
Cath·​er·​ine wheel | \ ˈka-th(ə-)rin- How to pronounce Catherine wheel (audio) \

Definition of Catherine wheel

1 : a wheel with spikes projecting from the rim

First Known Use of Catherine wheel

1584, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Catherine wheel

St. Catherine of Alexandria †about 307 Christian martyr

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“Catherine wheel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Catherine%20wheel. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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