Definitions for: Quern


[n] a primitive stone mill for grinding corn by hand



Webster (1913) Definition: Quern, n. [AS. cweorn, cwyrn; akin to D. kweern, OHG.
quirn, Icel. kvern, Sw. qvarn, Dan. qu[ae]rn, Goth. qairnus
(in asiluqa['i]rnus), Lith. q[`i]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.

See Also: grinder, mill

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