[pes-uh l, pes-tl] /ˈpɛs əl, ˈpɛs tl/

a tool for pounding or grinding substances in a mortar.
any of various appliances for pounding, stamping, etc.
verb (used with object), pestled, pestling.
to pound or grind with or as if with a pestle.
verb (used without object), pestled, pestling.
to work with a pestle.
a club-shaped instrument for mixing or grinding substances in a mortar
a tool for pounding or stamping
to pound (a substance or object) with or as if with a 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”).

pestle pes·tle (pěs’əl, pěs’təl)
A club-shaped, hand-held tool for grinding or mashing substances in a mortar.


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