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quern A MIDSUMMER-NIGHT'S DREAM, ii. 1. 36. “A handmill for grinding corn, made of two corresponding stones. It is one of our oldest words; and, with slight variations, is found in all the Northern languages. . . . Capell ridiculously supposed that quern here meant churn.” Brockett's Gloss. of North Country Words, etc. (In Coles's Lat. and Engl. Dict. churn and quern are thus distinguished: “A Churn, Fidelia, vasculum in quo agitatur butyrum.” “A Quern, Mola trusatilis.”)

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