An iron or wood, 3- or 4-sided spindle, terminating in a fork, crutch, or nut head, which is fitted vertically over the RHYND of an underdriven millstone; employed to agitate the SHOE thus feeding grain to the eye of the stones. Known as an agitator in northern counties. Those with three sides are known as three-beat damsels; those with four as four-beat damsels.
|babillard, claquet, frayon, battant m, quenouille, chandelle, 'toupie' f||French|
|Mill Clapper or Clack||English||Somerset; Scotland|
|Mühlklapper f, Drei-, Vier¦schlag, Anschlag, ‘Tanzmeister’ m||German|
|Three Beat Damsel||English|