|1.||a club-shaped instrument for mixing or grinding substances in a mortar|
|2.||a tool for pounding or stamping|
|3.||to pound (a substance or object) with or as if with a pestle|
|[C14: from Old French pestel, from Latin pistillum; related to pinsāre to crush]|
pestle pes·tle (pěs'əl, pěs'təl)
A club-shaped, hand-held tool for grinding or mashing substances in a mortar.
ancient device for milling by pounding. Together with the saddle quern (a round stone rolled or rubbed on a flat stone bed), it was the first means known for grinding grain; the grain was placed in a shallow depression in a stone, the mortar, and pounded with a rodlike stone, the pestle. Refined versions of the mortar and pestle have continued to find use in kitchens for preparing pastes and other finely ground elements of cuisine, in pharmacy for preparing medicines, and in chemical laboratories.
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