sondage

/ (sɒnˈdɑːʒ) /

noun plural -dages (-ˈdɑːʒɪz, -ˈdɑːʒ)

archaeol a deep trial trench for inspecting stratigraphy

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Word Origin for sondage

C20: from French: a sounding, from sonder to sound
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