Origin of quern
Examples from the Web for quern
Historical Examples of quern
The grains, blackened like coal, were picked off the floor with the hand and placed in the quern.The Historical Child
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
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.
Word Origin 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.)).