Definition of Catherine wheel in English:

Catherine wheel

Syllabification: Cath·er·ine wheel

noun

  • 1A firework in the form of a flat coil that spins when fixed to something solid and lit.
    More example sentences
    • But if we wish to avoid establishing a black market, and the sale of fireworks to the public is to continue, then let these be the sparklers, Catherine wheels and small rockets Mr Waller appears to favour.
    • By the end of the day we managed to acquire a substantial collection of rockets, Catherine wheels and sparklers.
    • Next was a 2/6 box - as before with a couple of rockets, a few Catherine wheels and some Bangers.
  • 1.1 Heraldry A wheel with curved spikes projecting around the circumference.

Origin

late 16th century (as a heraldic term): named after St. Catherine (see Catherine, St.), with reference to her martyrdom.

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