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EtymologyEdit

From Middle Dutch visele.

PronunciationEdit

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

NounEdit

vijzel m or 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)
    Synonym: mortier
  2. jack (instrument to lift heavy objects)
  3. Archimedes' screw

Usage notesEdit

In the sense “mortar”, use as a feminine noun is obsolete.

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