A mortar and pestle with black peppercorns.
Via Old French pestel, from Latin pistillum, from pīnsō (“pound, beat”). Cognate to pesto.
pestle (plural pestles)
- A club-shaped, round-headed stick used in a mortar to pound, crush, rub or grind things.
- (archaic) A constable's or bailiff's staff; so called from its shape.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Chapman to this entry?)
- The leg and leg bone of an animal, especially of a pig.
- a pestle of pork
instrument used with a mortar to grind things
- Korean: 방앗공이 (bang-atgong-i), 절굿공이 (jeolgutgong-i), 막자 (makja) (small-sized)
- Lao: please add this translation if you can
- Macedonian: толчник m (tólčnik)
- Maori: paoi, ngahiri, morenga, pōtuki
- Polish: tłuczek (pl) m
- Portuguese: pilão (pt) m
- Romanian: pistil (ro) n
- Russian: пест (ru) m (pest), пе́стик (ru) m (péstik)
- Scots: champer
- Scottish Gaelic: plocan m
- Spanish: pilón m, pistilo (es) m
- Swahili: mpini (sw)
- Swedish: mortelstöt (sv) c
- Tagalog: pambayo, halo, pandikdik, panligis
- Thai: สาก (th) (sàak)
pestle (third-person singular simple present pestles, present participle pestling, simple past and past participle pestled)
- To pound, crush, rub or grind (things), as in a mortar with a pestle.
- ^ “pestle” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2017.