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quern

[kwurn] /kwɜrn/
noun
1.
a primitive, hand-operated mill for grinding grain.
Origin of quern
950
before 950; Middle English; Old English cweorn; akin to Old Norse kvern hand-mill
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quern

/kwɜːn/
noun
1.
a stone hand mill for grinding corn
Word Origin
Old English cweorn; related to Old Frisian quern, Old High German kurn, Old Norse kverna, Gothic quairnus millstone
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Word Origin and History for quern
n.

Old English cweorn "hand-mill, mill," from PIE *gwere-na- "millstone" (cf. Old Norse kvern, Old Frisian quern, Old High German quirn, Gothic quirnus; Sanskrit grava "crushing stone;" Lithuanian girna "millstone," girnos "hand mills;" Old Church Slavonic zrunuvi "mills;" Welsh brevan "hand mill"), suffixed form of root *gwere- "heavy" (see grave (adj.)).

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