Quern (?), n. [AS. cweorn, cwyrn; akin to D. kweern, OHG. quirn, Icel. kvern, Sw. qvarn, Dan. quaern, Goth. qairnus (in asiluqa�xa1;rnus), Lith. q�x8d;rnos, and perh. E. corn.]

A mill for grinding grain, the upper stone of which was turned by hand; -- used before the invention of windmills and watermills.

Shak.

They made him at the querne grind. Chaucer.

 

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