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Topic: DAILY LIFE

Date: 1000-1100
Language: Old French
Origin: mortier, from Latin mortarium

mortar

noun
     
mor‧tar
1 [uncountable]TBC a mixture of cement or lime, and sand and water, used in building for holding bricks or stones together
2 [countable]PMW a heavy gun that fires bombs or shells in a high curve:
A cameraman was killed when his vehicle came under mortar fire.
mortar
3 [countable]DH a stone bowl in which substances are crushed with a pestle (=tool with a heavy round end):
You'll need a pestle and mortar to grind the spices.

➔ bricks and mortar

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