The attempt to revive the use of the quern had no success except in a single instance.
There stood his sisters by the quern, For the high-noon cakes they needs must earn.
"From behind the door," answered the owner of the quern, for he didn't care to let the cat out of the bag.
"It is the women singing and grinding at the quern," she said, and her feet went faster.
Captain Mann, the officer in charge at Kilkee, induced a coast-guard there to take to quern making.
He had only to speak the word, and the quern ground out what he wanted.
The Romans of the classical period seem to have distinguished the saddle-stone from the quern.
He who presented this quern to Frothi was called Hengikioptr (hanging-chops).
But angels used to grind at the quern for Ciaran's sake on the day that was his.
That quern turned out anything that the grinder chose, though formerly it had ground nothing but peace and gold.
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.)).