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- v. Present participle of pestle.
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This book is inspirational enough that I wanted to set about the task of slowly drizzling a cup and a half of olive oil into a mortar while pestling four cloves of garlic, a pinch of sea salt, and the juice of a lemon wedge.
I don't recommend going this route unless you're very tenacious and vicious in your pestling!
In Chinese illustrations we see the moon-palace of Ch'ang O, who stole the pill of immortality and flew to the moon, the fragrant tree which one of the genii tried to cut down, and a hare pestling medicine in a mortar.
Botticelli from the fork down pestling the transmission
I remember the great big cotton house, three stories high and every window glassed, where the older women would sit and "pick and sort" the good cotton from the bad, where the youngsters would take the newly ginned cotton to the strong men with the iron pestles, who stood in a strong bag of stout bagging - no presses those days - until the contents were hard and fast, pestling in this bag some three hundred pounds of cotton; the horse gin, where Dick and Montezuma, the two horses, took turns with