• WordNet 3.6
    • n quern a primitive stone mill for grinding corn by hand
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Quern A mill for grinding grain, the upper stone of which was turned by hand; -- used before the invention of windmills and watermills. "They made him at the querne grind."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n quern A stone hand-mill for grinding grain. The most usual form consists of two circular flat stones, the upper one pierced in the center, and revolving on a wooden or metal pin inserted in the lower. In using the quern the grain is dropped with one hand into the central opening, while with the other the upper stone is revolved by means of a stick inserted in a small hole near the edge.
    • n quern The old hand-mill, or quern, such as Pennant sketched the Hebrides women grinding with in the last century, has not yet gone out; Dr. Mitchell says there are thousands of them at work in Scotland, where still
    • n quern A hand-mill used for grinding pepper, mustard, and the like. Such querns were used even on the table, and as early as the sixteenth century.
    • quern To grind.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Quern kwėrn a stone handmill for grinding grain.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. cweorn, cwyrn,; akin to D. kweern, OHG. quirn, Icel. kvern, Sw. qvarn, Dan. quærn, Goth. qairnus,in asiluqaírnus,), Lith. qìrnos, and perh. E. corn,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. cwyrn, cweorn; Ice. kvern, Goth, kwairnus.


In literature:

In the Norse story of Frodi's quern, the myth assumes a whimsical shape.
"Myths and Myth-Makers" by John Fiske
And would you," said he to Fedelma, "sit down at the quern-stone and grind the wheat for me?
"The King of Ireland's Son" by Padraic Colum
At a place called the Querns, a short distance from the town, is a very interesting old amphitheatre called the Bull-ring.
"A Cotswold Village" by J. Arthur Gibbs
QUERN, a handmill of stone for grinding corn, of primitive contrivance, and still used in remote parts of Ireland and Scotland.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
But in the day of Saint Keranus the angels of God used to turn the quern for him.
"The Latin & Irish Lives of Ciaran" by Anonymous
She was one of twelve, but the other women had fallen asleep by the quern-stones.
"The Adventures of Odysseus and The Tales of Troy" by Padriac Colum
Hand-querns were used for the grinding of corn, and numbers of these and of mortars for pounding grain remain.
"The Sea-Kings of Crete" by James Baikie
That quern turned out anything that the grinder chose, though formerly it had ground nothing but peace and gold.
"The Mysteries of All Nations" by James Grant
There are also two upper quern stones.
"The Clyde Mystery a Study in Forgeries and Folklore" by Andrew Lang
Or grind it in a mustard quern, or a bowl with a cannon bullet.
"The accomplisht cook" by Robert May
The names of the houses were Quern and Exaluq.
"A Treasury of Eskimo Tales" by Clara Kern Bayliss
The Scotch called this simple handmill a quern.
"Blue Ridge Country" by Jean Thomas
But later in the evening, when he had drunk a little freely, he could no longer resist, but brought out the quern.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
To this parish that of St. Michael Quern is united.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
The quern with rotary motion is late Roman, and still used by Arabs.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 1" by Various
The Romans of the classical period seem to have distinguished the saddle-stone from the quern.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 5" by Various
John G. Campbell relates a story of a Brownie in Shetland who ground grain in a hand-quern at night.
"Ulster Folklore" by Elizabeth Andrews
Here, take the pot and scrape it at the quern.
"King Lear's Wife; The Crier by Night; The Riding to Lithend; Midsummer-Eve; Laodice and Danaë" by Gordon Bottomley
Michaell y^e Querne vper end of Chepside 79.
"Maps of Old London" by Anonymous
Rice is hulled and grain coarsely ground in stone querns or by water pestles.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 8" by Various

In poetry:

Had I a golden pound to spend,
My love should mend and sew no more.
And I would buy her a little quern,
Easy to turn on the kitchen floor.
"Had I A Golden Pound (After The Irish)" by Francis Ledwidge
See, with my garland lying at her feet,
In lonely labour stands mine own, my sweet,
Above the quern half-filled with half-ground wheat.
O red taskmaster, that thy flames were done!
"The Two Sides Of The River" by William Morris
"Quern-biter of Hakon the Good,
Wherewith at a stroke he hewed
The millstone through and through,
And Foot-breadth of Thoralf the Strong,
Were neither so broad nor so long,
Nor so true."
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 1. The Musician's Tale; The Saga of King Olaf XII. -- King Olaf's Chri" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

In news:

Doug Querns who suffered stroke is training for the Sun Run.