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Machine consisting of a heavy bar that moves vertically for pounding or crushing ores.  Synonym: stamp.
A heavy tool of stone or iron (usually with a flat base and a handle) that is used to grind and mix material (as grain or drugs or pigments) against a slab of stone.  Synonyms: muller, pounder.
A club-shaped hand tool for grinding and mixing substances in a mortar.

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"Pestle" Quotes from Famous Books

... time in compounding some evil-smelling ingredients in a huge mortar, and, as he stirred the pestle round and round, the contents hissed and crackled, and emitted sparks of fire. At length, after many bottles had been partially emptied, and many powders and the like had been employed, the mysterious substance was obtained, and he sprinkled a little of it upon the ...
— Heiress of Haddon • William E. Doubleday

... ripple of excited interest touched the groups in the street. The two soldiers rose and stared hard to their left; M. Perret of the Pharmacie Normale came out at a quick call from his wife, and stood, pestle in hand, as she struggled with a maddening knot in the strings of ...
— The Halo • Bettina von Hutten

... This was brought very powerfully to my mind one day on passing through King Street, in Charleston, and seeing for a painted sign over an apothecary's shop, a tall, benevolent-looking negro, in his shirt sleeves, behind a golden mortar, with the pestle in his hands, as though ...
— The Sable Cloud - A Southern Tale With Northern Comments (1861) • Nehemiah Adams

Words linked to "Pestle" :   machine, grind, comminute, hand tool, stamp battery, tool, battery, bray, mash, crunch

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