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First published 1971 (DOST Vol. IV).
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Mortar-stane, n. Also: mortar-, morter-stone, (morter-stein). [Late north. ME. morterstan(e (1451–2): cf. MDu. mortiersteen.] A hollowed out stone used as a mortar.Chiefly, one used for knocking barley; also, as used for pulverizing herbs.(a) c1500-c1512 Dunb. lx. 60.
Mell-heidit lyk ane mortar-stane
1533–4 Selkirk B. Ct. 177b (24 Mar.).
Ane mortar stane
1580 Reg. Privy C. III. 320.
In the kitchene … ane mortar-stane
1619 Edinb. Test. L. 213 b.
Ane mortar stane for beirknoking with ane mell
(b) 1535 Stewart 39528.
Of tha herbis also richt mony one He hes gart bra into ane mortar stone
1696 Invent. in Hector Renfrewshire Rec. 304.
Ane morter stone and ane mell therto
(c) a 1638 Orkney Misc. I. 53/2, & infra same p.]
[As of barely first beaten till the outskin goe of in a morter stein

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