pisé

noun pi·sé \ (ˈ)pē¦zā \
variants: or less commonly pisé de terre

Definition of pisé

plural pisés \-ā(z)\ also pisés de terre
:a building material consisting of stiff earth or clay rammed in between forms — compare 4cob, tapia

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Origin and Etymology of pisé

pisé from French, from French dialect (Lyon), from Middle French, from past participle of piser to stomp, from (assumed) Vulgar Latin pinsiare, pisiare, alteration of Latin pinsare, pisare to beat, pound, crush; pisé de terre from French, literally, earth pisé; akin to Latin pinsere to pound, crush


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