verb (used with object), pes·tled, pes·tling.
verb (used without object), pes·tled, pes·tling.
Origin of pestle
Examples from the Web for pestle
All are thrown into a wooden bowl and beaten with a pestle into a colorful plate of food.
So if you have high-quality saffron, you should feel free to grind it yourself with a mortar and pestle.
Put the spices into a pestle and mortar and pound them up with a pinch of salt.
Fragment of a pestle made of stone of nearly square cross section.The Archaeology of the Yakima Valley|Harlan Ingersoll Smith
As we have seen, the primitive miller gradually learned that the pestle did better work when it fell with a twirling motion.Stories of Useful Inventions|Samuel Eagle Foreman
"He would be crushed like a pepper-corn pounded by a pestle in a mortar," remarked the Professor.The Funny Philosophers|George Yellott
He resolved then to try to make a mortar and pestle of hard wood.An American Robinson Crusoe|Samuel. B. Allison
"For fifteen dollars," replied Mr. Boolpin, twirling his pestle playfully.Round the Block|John Bell Bouton
British Dictionary definitions for pestle
Word Origin for pestle
Word Origin and History for pestle
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").