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[tam-ee, -is]
noun, plural tam·ises [tam-eez, -uh-siz] /ˈtæm iz, -ə sɪz/.
  1. a worsted cloth mesh constructed in open weave and having a corded face, used as a sieve or strainer.
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Also tammy.

Origin of tamis

1595–1605; < French: sieve < ?; compare Old English temes sieve, cognate with Middle Low German temes, Middle Dutch temse, Old High German zemisa
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Examples from the Web for tamis

Historical Examples of tamis

  • The above, rubbed through a tamis, or fine sieve, will be entitled to be called “cucumber sauce.”

    The Cook's Oracle; and Housekeeper's Manual

    William Kitchiner

  • Let the sauce reduce to a quart, skim the fat off, and strain it through a tamis cloth.

  • Some tops of sprue grass may be boiled in a little stock till tender, and rubbed through a tamis.

    The Art of Cookery

    John Mollard

  • Rub the whole through a tamis, or hair-sieve; put it in the pot.

  • They can now be strained through a hair sieve, but, still better, they can be squeezed dry in a tamis cloth.

British Dictionary definitions for tamis


noun plural -ises (-ɪz, -ɪsɪz)
  1. a less common word for tammy 3 (def. 1)
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