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 for pestle
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  pestle \pes"tle\ (p[e^]s"t'l or p[e^]s"'l; 277), n. [OE. pestel,
     OF. pestel, LL. pestellum, L. pistillum, pistillus, a
     pounder, pestle, fr. pisere, pinsere, to pound, crush, akin
     to Gr. pti`ssein, Skr. pish. Cf. Pistil.]
     1. An implement for pounding and breaking or braying
        substances in a mortar; as, to grind with a mortar and
        pestle.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. A constable's or bailiff's staff; -- so called from its
        shape. [Obs.] --Chapman.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     3. The leg and leg bone of an animal, especially of a pig;
        as, a pestle of pork.
        [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  pestle \pes"tle\, v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. Pestled; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Pestling.]
     To pound, pulverize, bray, or mix with a pestle, or as with a
     pestle; to use a pestle.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  pestle
      n 1: machine consisting of a heavy bar that moves vertically for
           pounding or crushing ores [syn: stamp, pestle]
      2: a heavy tool of stone or iron (usually with a flat base and a
         handle) that is used to grind and mix material (as grain or
         drugs or pigments) against a slab of stone [syn: pestle,
         muller, pounder]
      3: a club-shaped hand tool for grinding and mixing substances in
         a mortar
      v 1: grind, mash or pulverize in a mortar; "pestle the garlic"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  52 Moby Thesaurus words for "pestle":
     abrade, atomize, beat, bray, brecciate, cheese grater, comminute,
     comminutor, contriturate, crumb, crumble, crush, crusher,
     disintegrate, flour, fragment, grain, granulate, granulator,
     granulize, grate, grater, grind, grind to powder, grinder,
     kominuter, levigate, levigator, mash, masher, mill, millstone,
     mortar and pestle, nutmeg grater, pound, powder, pulverize,
     pulverizer, quern, quernstone, reduce to powder, rock crusher,
     roller, scrunch, shard, shred, shredder, smash, squash,
     steamroller, triturate, triturator
  
  

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