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rammed earth

a mixture of sand, loam, clay, and other ingredients rammed hard within forms as a building material.
Also called pisé, pisé de terre, pisay.
Origin of rammed earth
First recorded in 1825-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The cone of rammed earth was apparently not reveted with stone.

    History of Ancient Art Franz von Reber
  • rammed earth at box ends to be shaved down to a 45 degrees slope so as to splice in with new span of pis adjoining it.

  • rammed earth walls here and there, pottery shards, flint, bronze and iron artifacts and that's it.

    Blessed Are the Meek G.C. Edmondson
  • They lived in thatched houses constructed of rammed earth and plaster, with beaten floors on which dry grass was strewn as carpet.

    The Civilization Of China Herbert A. Giles
  • The back and side walls were made of two rows of bamboo a foot apart, with rammed earth between them.

    Life in an Indian Outpost Gordon Casserly
  • It was a cell five feet by three, within another, the intervening being filled with rammed earth to deaden the sound.

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