From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Quern \Quern\, n. [AS. cweorn, cwyrn; akin to D. kweern, OHG.
   quirn, Icel. kvern, Sw. qvarn, Dan. qu[ae]rn, Goth. qairnus
   (in asiluqa['i]rnus), Lith. q[`i]rnos, and perh. E. corn.]
   A mill for grinding grain, the upper stone of which was
   turned by hand; -- used before the invention of windmills and
   watermills. --Shak.
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         They made him at the querne grind.       --Chaucer.
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