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pestle

EnglishEdit

A mortar and pestle with black peppercorns.

EtymologyEdit

Via Old French pestel, from Latin pistillum, from pīnsō (pound, beat).[1] Cognate to pesto.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

pestle (plural pestles)

  1. A club-shaped, round-headed stick used in a mortar to pound, crush, rub or grind things.
  2. (archaic) A constable's or bailiff's staff; so called from its shape.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Chapman to this entry?)
  3. The leg and leg bone of an animal, especially of a pig.
    a pestle of pork

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VerbEdit

pestle (third-person singular simple present pestles, present participle pestling, simple past and past participle pestled)

  1. To pound, crush, rub or grind (things), as in a mortar with a pestle.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ pestle” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).