quern

[ kwurn ]
/ kwɜrn /

noun

a primitive, hand-operated mill for grinding grain.

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Origin of quern

before 950; Middle English; Old English cweorn; akin to Old Norse kvern hand-mill
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British Dictionary definitions for quern

quern
/ (kwɜːn) /

noun

a stone hand mill for grinding corn

Word Origin for quern

Old English cweorn; related to Old Frisian quern, Old High German kurn, Old Norse kverna, Gothic quairnus millstone
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