1) A rounded rod, usually of wood, tapering toward each end, used in
hand-spinning to twist into thread the fibers drawn from the mass on
the distaff, and on which the thread is wound as it is spun (Dictionary.com).
M.E. spindel, O.E. spin(e)l, from spinnan, → spin.
Duk "spindle," variants dêk, dik, ultimately from Proto-Ir. *dau- "to run;" cf. Pers. dow-, davidan "to run" (Cheung 2007).
Fr.: galaxie du Fuseau
Same as → NGC 5866.