Origin of quern
Examples from the Web for quern
The grains, blackened like coal, were picked off the floor with the hand and placed in the quern.The Historical Child|Oscar Chrisman
When dry it is pounded into small pieces mixed with corn, and ground into meal on the hand-mill or quern.
There stood his sisters by the quern, For the high-noon cakes they needs must earn.Poems by the Way|William Morris
He had only to speak the word, and the quern ground out what he wanted.
"There, you see what has gotten me all this wealth;" and so he made the quern grind all kind of things.
British Dictionary definitions for quern
Word Origin for quern
Word Origin and History for quern
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.)).