: a primitive hand mill for grinding grain

Word History


Middle English, from Old English cweorn; akin to Old High German quirn hand mill, Old Church Slavonic žrŭny

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of quern was before the 12th century

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“Quern.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quern. Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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