Via Old French pestel, from Latinpistillum, from pÄ«nsō (“pound, beat"). Cognate to pesto.
Middle English pestelfrom Old French from Latin pistillum
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
Pestle Sentence Examples
Even the Calaveras man is no exception, since his skull and his polished conical pestle, the latter made of stone more recent than the auriferous gravels, show him to have been of Digger Indian type.
Picumnus, a rustic deity (like Picus) and husband of Pomona, is specially concerned with the manuring of the soil and hence called Sterquilinus, while Pilumnus is the inventor of the pounding of grain, so named from the pestle (pi/um) used by bakers.
Use a round hand motion with your pestle to "squeeze" the full aroma and flavor from the fresh herbs and garlic.
We found pestle and mortars for grinding spices and herbs, decorated stones and a beautiful bowl and stone for refining other natural herbs.
The latter has other interesting pictures, including a fresco representing an apprentice with pestle and mortar (Pestapepe), the only authentic work in Forli of Melozzo da Forli (1438-1494), an eminent master whose style was formed under the influence of Piero della Francesca, and who was the master of Palmezzano; the frescoes in the Sforza chapel in SS.