Quern meaning

kwûrn
A primitive hand mill, esp. for grinding grain.
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A mill for grinding corn, especially a hand-mill made of two circular stones.
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To grind.
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A primitive hand-turned grain mill.
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Origin of quern

  • Middle English querne from Old English cweorn gwerə-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English quern, cwerne, from Old English cweorn (“quern, hand-mill, mill"), from Proto-Germanic *kwernuz, *kwernō (“millstone"), from Proto-Indo-European *gÊ·erǝun-, *gÊ·rāun- (“millstone"). Cognate with North Frisian quern (“quern"), Dutch kweern (“quern"), Middle High German kurn (“millstone"), Danish kværn (“grinder"), Swedish kvarn (“mill, grinder").

    From Wiktionary