from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A primitive hand-turned grain mill.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A mill for grinding corn, especially a hand-mill made of two circular stones
- v. To grind.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A mill for grinding grain, the upper stone of which was turned by hand; -- used before the invention of windmills and watermills.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A stone hand-mill for grinding grain.
- n. The old hand-mill, or quern, such as Pennant sketched the Hebrides women grinding with in the last century, has not yet gone out; Dr. Mitchell says there are thousands of them at work in Scotland, where still
- n. A hand-mill used for grinding pepper, mustard, and the like. Such querns were used even on the table, and as early as the sixteenth century.
- To grind.
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- n. a primitive stone mill for grinding corn by hand
Middle English querne, from Old English cweorn; see gwerə-1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English quern, cwerne, from Old English cweorn ("quern, hand-mill, mill"), from Proto-Germanic *kwernuz, *kwernō (“millstone”), from Proto-Indo-European *gʷerǝun-, *gʷrāun- (“millstone”). Cognate with North Frisian quern ("quern"), Dutch kweern ("quern"), Middle High German kurn ("millstone"), Danish kværn ("grinder"), Swedish kvarn ("mill, grinder"). (Wiktionary)