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pestle

 [pes´'l]
an instrument with a rounded end, used in a mortar to reduce a solid to a powder or produce a homogeneous mixture of solids.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

pes·tle

(pes'tĕl),
An instrument in the shape of a rod with one rounded and weighted extremity, used for bruising, breaking, grinding, and mixing substances in a mortar.
[L. pistillum, fr. pinso, or piso, to pound]
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pestle

(pĕs′əl, pĕs′təl)
n.
A club-shaped, handheld tool for grinding or mashing substances in a mortar.
v.tr.
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pes·tle

(pes'tĕl)
An instrument in the shape of a rod with one rounded and weighted extremity, used for bruising, breaking, grinding, and mixing substances in a mortar.
[L. pistillum, fr. pinso, or piso, to pound]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

pestle

A club-shaped tool, used in a mortar, for grinding or mashing material.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005

pes·tle

(pes'tĕl)
Rodlike instrument with one rounded and weighted extremity, used for grinding and mixing substances in a mortar.
[L. pistillum, fr. pinso, or piso, to pound]
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012
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The young men would play with their pestles, twirling them and sometimes throwing them high in the air.
The gods thought of raising the skyworld high enough to be out of reach of the pestles, the din of the pounding and the merrymaking.
"My pestle, I fear, has gone to that place from which no ectopic pestles ever return," I said sadly.
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Pestles and mortars have been made of many different materials over the centuries, such as stone, bronze, brass, glass, wood and even ivory.
New approaches have also been applied to stone mortars and pestles (Figure 3).
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The drug mill was introduced in the 19th century to allow the pharmacist to grind large quantities of roots and barks, rather than with the smaller mortar and pestle.
Before there were high-end spice mills that featured ceramic mechanisms that crush ingredients rather than grinding them, there was the mortar and pestle. While today's high-end spice mills provide consumers with convenience and consistency, there is a growing interest supported by cookbooks and cooking shows in using the age-old form of grinding and spice preparation--the mortar and pestle.
Ceramic mortar & pestles have basically the same properties as marble ones, but since they lack the same weight also lack comparable performance.
The porcelain mortar and pestle sets have a wider base to prevent spices and other ingredients from "popping" out of the mortar when grinding.