char·kha also char·ka (chûrkə, chär-)
A spinning wheel used in India for spinning cotton.
[Hindi carkhā, from Persian charkha, diminutive of charkh, wheel, from Old Persian *carka-; see kwel-1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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