Pes"tle (?), n. [OE. pestel, OF. pestel, LL. pestellum, L. pistillum, pistillus, a pounder, pestle, fr. pisere, pinsere, to pound, crush, akin to Gr. , Skr. pish. Cf. Pistil.]

1.

An implement for pounding and breaking or braying substances in a mortar.

2.

A constable's or bailiff's staff; -- so called from its shape.

[Obs.]

Chapman.

3.

The leg and leg bone of an animal, especially of a pig; as, a pestle of pork.

 

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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.

 

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