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EtymologyEdit

From Middle Dutch visele.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈvɛi̯.zəl/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: vij‧zel

NounEdit

vijzel m, f (plural vijzels, diminutive vijzeltje n)

  1. mortar (vessel used to grind ingredients); mortar and pestle (pars pro toto, the pestle is normally not named separately)
  2. jack (instrument to lift heavy objects)
  3. Archimedes' screw

Usage notesEdit

In the sense “mortar”, use as a feminine noun is obsolete.

Coordinate termsEdit