Definitions starting with M

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 n. 1. [Gul. idern (Gonzales 1924:49); OED idem obs.; also US dial. South (Brown 1976)] a heavy wooden club or sledgehammer: 1918 Jack slyly take out his mawl, and. . . he hit b'o' Elephant (Parsons 97). A hammer is the little one. Maul is the big one you could mash rock with (Nassau). (Black)

2. a heavy wooden pestle (Mayag.)

3. [for similar reversal, cf. Haitian pilon mortar, vs. Fr. pilon pestle HCEFD, and Port. Cr. pilō mortar, vs. Port. pilão pestle (Meintel 1975: 241)] a native MORTAR for pounding grits, etc.,

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Last update: 2010-11-11 05:09
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.1

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