[ pee-zey ]
/ piˈzeɪ /



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Also pisay.
Also called pisé de terre [duh tair] /də ˈtɛər/.

Origin of pisé

1790–1800; < French, noun use of past participle of piser to beat down (earth) < Latin pīsāre, pīnsere to pound, stamp down

Definition for pise-de-terre (2 of 2)

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
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British Dictionary definitions for pise-de-terre

/ (ˈpiːzeɪ) /


rammed earth or clay used to make floors or wallsAlso called: pisé de terre

Word Origin for pisé

C18: French, from past participle of piser, from Latin pisare to beat, pound
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