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1pestle

noun pes·tle \ˈpe-səl, ˈpes-təl\

: a hard tool with a rounded end that is used for pounding or crushing substances (such as medicines) in a deep bowl (called a mortar)

Full Definition of PESTLE

1
:  a usually club-shaped implement for pounding or grinding substances in a mortar — see mortar illustration
2
:  any of various devices for pounding, stamping, or pressing

Illustration of PESTLE

Origin of PESTLE

Middle English pestel, from Anglo-French, from Latin pistillum, from pinsere to pound, crush; akin to Greek ptissein to crush, Sanskrit pinaṣṭi he pounds
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Pharmacology Terms

anodyne, cathartic, emetic, emollient, liniment, paregoric, poultice, purgative, soporific, spectrum

Rhymes with PESTLE

2pestle

verb
pes·tledpes·tling \ˈpe-s(ə-)liŋ, ˈpes-təl-iŋ\

Definition of PESTLE

transitive verb
archaic
:  to beat, pound, or pulverize with or as if with a pestle
intransitive verb
:  to work with a pestle :  use a pestle

First Known Use of PESTLE

15th century

Other Pharmacology Terms

anodyne, cathartic, emetic, emollient, liniment, paregoric, poultice, purgative, soporific, spectrum

Rhymes with PESTLE

PESTLING Defined for Kids

pestle

noun pes·tle \ˈpe-səl\

Definition of PESTLE for Kids

:  a tool shaped like a small club for crushing substances in a mortar
Medical Dictionary

pestle

noun pes·tle \ˈpes-əl also ˈpes-təl\

Medical Definition of PESTLE

:  a usually club-shaped implement for pounding or grinding substances in a mortar

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