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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a primitive, hand-operated mill for grinding grain.

Origin of quern:

bef. 950; ME; OE cweorn; akin to ON kvern hand-mill

Princeton's WordNet

  1. quern(noun)

    a primitive stone mill for grinding corn by hand


  1. quern(Noun)

    A mill for grinding corn, especially a hand-mill made of two circular stones

  2. quern(Verb)

    To grind.

  3. Origin: From quern, cwerne, from cweorn, from kwernuz, from gʷerǝun-. Cognate with quern, kweern, kurn, kværn, kvarn.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Quern(noun)

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


  1. Quern

    Quern is a former municipality in the district of Schleswig-Flensburg, in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Quern

    a handmill of stone for grinding corn, of primitive contrivance, and still used in remote parts of Ireland and Scotland.


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