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[trey] /treɪ/
noun, Australian Slang.
1.
a coin worth threepence.
Also called tray bit.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900; compare earlier argot trey, tray three, a set of three, probably ultimately < Italian tre (< Latin trēs three); cf. trey
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British Dictionary definitions for tray-bit

tray

/treɪ/
noun
1.
a thin flat board or plate of metal, plastic, etc, usually with a raised edge, on which things can be carried
2.
a shallow receptacle for papers, etc, sometimes forming a drawer in a cabinet or box
Word Origin
Old English trieg; related to Old Swedish trö corn measure, Old Norse treyja carrier, Greek driti tub, German Trogtrough
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Word Origin and History for tray-bit

tray

n.

Old English treg, trig "flat board with a low rim," from Proto-Germanic *traujan (cf. Old Swedish tro, a corn measure). Related to Old English treow "wood, tree" (see tree (n.)) and the primary sense may have been "wooden vessel."

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