- a rotary, cylindrical or conical screen for sorting ore, coal, gravel, etc., according to size.
Origin of trommel
1875–80, Americanism; < German Trommel drum
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Trommel: the word is ultimately the same as “trumpet,” and is probably onomatopoeic in origin; it appears late in Eng.
Trommel, trom′el, n. a revolving cylindrical sieve for cleaning or sizing ore.
- a revolving cylindrical sieve used to screen crushed ore
C19: from German: a drum