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
Recent Examples of pestle from the Web
On June 30, the FBI executed a search warrant, allegedly turning up castor beans in Layman’s kitchen, along with a mortar and pestle and instructions on how to make ricin.
Grind fennel seeds and red pepper in spice mill or with mortar and pestle until coarsely ground.
Some students jumped up to scrutinize the spice jars and the mortar and pestle.
The next figure down, a shaman wearing a colorful bear-claw headdress and holding a rattle and mortar and pestle, represents doctors and caregivers battling cancer — and giving comfort to those who, like James, prove incurable.
Several years ago, researchers in Woo’s Stanford lab started by grinding spinach, and then kale, with mortar and pestle.
Rice hulls (hard protecting coverings of grains of rice) were used to strengthen their clay pottery and researchers also discovered early agricultural tools and large mortars and pestles used to de-hull rice.
Pulverize 8 to 12 peeled garlic cloves along with a large pinch of salt with a mortar and pestle.
The secret to the broth is a Massaman-like curry paste, pounded to a wet pulp in a stone mortar and pestle and then pounded some more.
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Origin and Etymology 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 centurySee Words from the same year
Definition of pestle
pestlingplay \ˈpe-s(ə-)liŋ, ˈpes-təl-iŋ\
: to beat, pound, or pulverize with or as if with a pestle
: to work with a pestle : use a pestle
First Known Use of pestle
PESTLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of pestle for English Language Learners
: 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)
PESTLE Defined for Kids
Definition of pestle for Students
: a tool shaped like a small club for crushing substances in a mortar
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