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pestle

[pes-uh l, pes-tl] /ˈpɛs əl, ˈpɛs tl/
noun
1.
a tool for pounding or grinding substances in a mortar.
2.
any of various appliances for pounding, stamping, etc.
verb (used with object), pestled, pestling.
3.
to pound or grind with or as if with a pestle.
verb (used without object), pestled, pestling.
4.
to work with a pestle.
Origin of pestle
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English pestel < Middle French < Latin pistillum, derivative of pistus, past participle of pīnsere to pound, crush
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pestle

/ˈpɛsəl/
noun
1.
a club-shaped instrument for mixing or grinding substances in a mortar
2.
a tool for pounding or stamping
verb
3.
to pound (a substance or object) with or as if with a pestle
Word Origin
C14: from Old French pestel, from Latin pistillum; related to pinsāre to crush
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Word Origin and History for pestle
n.

mid-14c. (as a surname late 13c.), from Old French pestel, from Latin pistillum "pounder, pestle," related to pinsere "to pound," from PIE *pis-to-, suffixed form of root *peis- "to crush" (cf. Sanskrit pinasti "pounds, crushes," pistah "anything ground, meal," Greek ptissein "to winnow," Old Church Slavonic pišo, pichati "to push, thrust, strike," pišenica "wheat," Russian pseno "millet").

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pestle in Medicine

pestle pes·tle (pěs'əl, pěs'təl)
n.
A club-shaped, hand-held tool for grinding or mashing substances in a mortar.

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