pes·tle [pes-uh l, pes-tl]

1. a club-shaped, round-headed stick used in a mortar to pound, crush, rub, or grind things.
2. any tool used as a pestle.
3. the leg and leg bone of an animal, especially that of a pig.

verb (used with object), pes·tled, pes·tling.

4. to rub, pound, crush, or grind things with, or as if with, a pestle.

verb (used without object), pes·tled, pes·tling.

5. to work with a pestle.


1300-50; Middle English pestel < Middle French < Latin pistillum, derivative of pistus, past participle of pīnsere to pound, crush

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