pestle

Part of speech: noun

An implement used for pounding or reducing substances in a mortar.

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Usage examples "pestle":

  1. The slaves living with me have a huge wooden pestle and mortar, and we frequently use it. - "Travels in the Great Desert of Sahara, in the Years of 1845 and 1846", James Richardson.
  2. See the danger that threatens if he returns with the pestle, for War will quietly amuse himself with pounding all the towns of Hellas to pieces. - "The Eleven Comedies", Aristophanes et al.
  3. While all this has been doing, some of his attendants have been employed in beating bread- fruit with a stone pestle upon a block of wood; by being beaten in this manner, and sprinkled from time to time with water, it is reduced to the consistence of a soft paste, and is then put into a vessel somewhat like a butcher's tray, and either made up alone, or mixed with banana or mahie, according to the taste of the master, by pouring water upon it by degrees and squeezing it often through the hand. - "The Eventful History Of The Mutiny And Piratical Seizure Of H.M.S. Bounty: Its Cause And Consequences", Sir John Barrow.