Meaning of MORTAR in English

MORTAR

n.

Pronunciation: ' mo ̇ r-t ə r

Function: noun

Etymology: Middle English morter, from Old English mortere & Anglo-French mortier, from Latin mortarium

Date: before 12th century

1 : a sturdy vessel in which material is pounded or rubbed with a pestle

2 [Middle French mortier ] a : a muzzle-loading cannon having a tube short in relation to its caliber that is used to throw projectiles at high angles b : any of several similar firing devices

M mortar, P pestle

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