A device for grinding, consisting of a vessel (mortar) in which substances are ground with a club-shaped implement (pestle).
A two-piece device used to crush and grind garlic, herbs and other ingredients by hand. Food is placed in the bowl-shaped mortar and pounded with the hand-held pestle. Marble sets provide stable weight and an unpolished bowl gives a better grinding surface. Hardwood, porcelain and ceramic models are also available.
A strong bowl in which substances, including pigments, may be broken or powdered with a grinding implement called a pestle.