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  • noun [ masculine ]
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temes, temesis, es; m. (? cf. lynis for form and gender)
A sieve.
[Temse taratantarum,
    Wrt. Voc. i. 200, col. 2 (15th cent.). Temze, temeze, temse, sive setarium, Prompt. Parv. 488.
See also Halliwell, who quotes: 'Marcolphus toke a lytyll cyve or temse.' He gives, besides, 'temzer a range or coarse searche' as an early Wiltshire word. Wright, in the note to the word in his Vocabulary, says that temse is still in use in the North of England. O. Du. tems. (The word seems to have been borrowed from a Teutonic source by French, which has tamis a sieve, tamiser to sift.) Cf. O. H. Ger. zemisa furfures.]
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