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pestle

[ pes-uhl, pes-tl ]
/ ˈpɛs əl, ˈpɛs tl /
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noun
a tool for pounding or grinding substances in a mortar.
any of various appliances for pounding, stamping, etc.
verb (used with object), pes·tled, pes·tling.
to pound or grind with or as if with a pestle.
verb (used without object), pes·tled, pes·tling.
to work with a pestle.
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Origin of pestle

1300–50; Middle English pestel<Middle French <Latin pistillum, derivative of pistus, past participle of pīnsere to pound, crush
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British Dictionary definitions for pestle

pestle
/ (ˈpɛsəl) /

noun
a club-shaped instrument for mixing or grinding substances in a mortar
a tool for pounding or stamping
verb
to pound (a substance or object) with or as if with a pestle

Word Origin for pestle

C14: from Old French pestel, from Latin pistillum; related to pinsāre to crush
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Medical definitions for pestle

pestle
[ pĕsəl, pĕstəl ]

n.
A club-shaped, hand-held tool for grinding or mashing substances in a mortar.
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