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[trem-ee; French trey-mee] /ˈtrɛm i; French treɪˈmi/
noun, plural trémies
[trem-eez; French trey-mee] /ˈtrɛm iz; French treɪˈmi/ (Show IPA)
a funnellike device lowered into water to deposit concrete.
1900-05; < French: hopper < Latin trimodia three-peck measure, equivalent to tri- tri- + mod(ius) measure of grain + -ia -ia Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for trémie


(civil engineering) a large metal hopper and pipe used to distribute freshly mixed concrete over an underwater site. The foot of the pipe is kept below the concrete level, while the upper level of the concrete in the pipe is kept above the water level to prevent the water diluting the concrete
Word Origin
C20: from French, from Italian tramoggia, from Latin trimodia a three-peck measure
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