from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as fan-blower.
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“Jumbo” windmills were popular, requiring no tower, being merely a large fan-wheel in a crude box.
But before the courteous Jode could explain that it had to do with evaporation and the dew-point, the Governor's attention wandered, and he was blowing at a little fan-wheel.
The tongue begins its whirring like the fan-wheel before the clock strikes.
A few days later, Till’s body surfaced in the Tallahatchie River, a cotton-gin fan-wheel wrapped around him with barbed wire.
"And the fan-wheel on the nose -- what's that for?