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quern (n.)

"small mill for grinding" (grain, pepper, mustard, etc.),  Middle English querne, from Old English cweorn "hand-mill, mill," from PIE *gwere-na- "millstone" (source also of Old Norse kvern, Old Frisian quern, Old High German quirn, Gothic quirnus; Sanskrit grava "crushing stone;" Lithuanian girna "millstone," girnos "hand mills;" Old Church Slavonic zrunuvi "mills;" Welsh brevan "hand mill"), suffixed form of root *gwere- (1) "heavy."

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Definitions of quern from WordNet

quern (n.)
a primitive stone mill for grinding corn by hand;
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