from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A utensil in which peppercorns are put and ground by turning a handle.
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Pepper and salt were freely used, and the former must have been ground as it was wanted, for a pepper-mill is named as a requisite.
The school became instantly quiet, until the pepper-mill began to go again and they read aloud each in his book; the trebles struck up in a high key, the deeper voices got sharper and sharper to keep in the ascendant, and now and then one or another gave a great whoop.
We dined pleasantly -- two good courses, that was all; a dinner without pretence, where we served ourselves with the pepper-mill.
Every American voter or votress is allowed to keep his or her little intellectual wind-mill, coffee-mill, pepper-mill, loom, steam-engine, hand-organ, or whatever moral manufacturing or grinding apparatus he or she likes.