Talk:Mortar and pestle

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I'm a begginner, so for now I prefer not to mess too much. You might find this picture useful :

A mortar and pestle = Pilon (Old French)grinding with mortar and pestle. Noun and verb. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:24, 24 June 2008 (UTC)

:Yes. Nice image. Is it a mortar and pestle and should it be in the article is the question. Thoughts? --Anna Frodesiak (talk) 14:47, 7 September 2009 (UTC)


Wow... this article is actually anti-mortar and pestle. In "Materials" section, there should be less about the danger of the tools unless it specifically relates to the type of material used. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:38, 24 September 2008 (UTC)

Expansion or removal of 'Automatic mortar grinder' and 'Folklore'[edit]

The stubs on automatic mortar grinder and folklore seem extremely lacking and useless additions to this article. Is there some way we could either expand them or rewrite them to fit in the existing sections of the article? Glandrid (talk) 19:30, 29 January 2010 (UTC)


I don't see how a bat-shaped stick would grind anything. Bats can have a wide variety of shapes. What does this mean? (talk) 06:17, 3 February 2010 (UTC)

Bat-shaped: (Ice-cream cone shaped?) The working end is roughly spherical, and the handle is either a long cone(not sharp), or a shaft to a palm or fingers fitting knob. Topologically, these pestles range widely in shape, from a simple ball to a dumbbell. I've use a few, and the choice depends on the shape of the mortar, the material to be ground, and the hand (size, strength, flexibility, etc) of the user.
Perhaps this description should be included in an illustrated section. --Wikidity (talk) 21:59, 29 November 2016 (UTC)

Really giant mortars and pestle[edit]


Are these also called mortar and pestle? If you know, tell me, and I will improve this article and Hulling#Husking_and_dehulling to reflect that. Anna Frodesiak (talk) 10:32, 2 March 2012 (UTC)  Done Anna Frodesiak (talk) 22:15, 14 March 2012 (UTC)

Name consistency[edit]

Pestle and mortar or mortar and pestle? headline is one, sidebar is other. So which should it be? (talk) 16:07, 10 September 2012 (UTC)

Fixed all instances to match article name "Mortar and pestle". Thanks for pointing it out. Now, back to the grind. Get it? Huh? Hahahaha. :) Anna Frodesiak (talk) 00:05, 11 September 2012 (UTC)
I presume Wikipedia policies & exemplary entries have dealt with multiple names (including from other languages), & descriptions in other languages, some of which might address the cultural context of the multiple names and languages for the entry(s). See Spanish term comment on this talk page.
I could not find a policy or practice description. Can someone find & describe or refer to that description so we can implement it here, without depending on Anna to fix what would otherwise be chaos?
This would be like an opposite of the disambiguation page for mortar, or perhaps just more links in this article to other relevant articles. --Wikidity (talk) 21:40, 29 November 2016 (UTC)

Too many images[edit]

Gallery or prune or what? Anna Frodesiak (talk) 18:27, 28 October 2012 (UTC)

Merge with Molcajete[edit]

Does anyone else think the Molcajete article should be merged with this one? Molcajete is just the Spanish name for a mortar and pestle, the Spanish wikipedia itself does not have separate pages for these two things. The Mexican history found on that page could be used to expand the history here. Rhollis7 (talk) 05:10, 11 December 2014 (UTC)

Other languages[edit]

Shouldn't all the languages where this is referred to only as a mortar be included in the Languages box on the left? I.e. Danish, Finnish, German, Swedish and a lot more. See , or similar. -- (talk) 18:43, 16 October 2016 (UTC)

I'd like to see a section on the initial preparation & care of a kitchen mortar (& pestle). I will also look on public rumor sites like YT & Ask, but we should have some vetted knowledge distilled here.--Wikidity (talk) 21:45, 29 November 2016 (UTC)

In Spanish[edit]

In Spanish it is Mortero, from the same root as other Romance languages, or Almirez, from Arabic. (talk) 22:14, 16 March 2017 (UTC)