pes·tle (pĕsəl, pĕstəl)
1. A club-shaped, handheld tool for grinding or mashing substances in a mortar.
2. A large bar moved vertically to stamp or pound, as in a press or mill.
v. pes·tled, pes·tling, pes·tles
To pound, grind, or mash with or as if with a pestle.
To use a pestle.
[Middle English pestel, from Old French, from Latin pistillum.]
(click for a larger image)pestle
pestle (foreground) and mortar (background)
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