Definitions

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  • n. a diacritic consisting of two dots ( ¨ ) placed over a letter, used among other things to indicate umlaut or diaeresis.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of apetalous plants, of the order Urticaceæ and tribe Celtideæ.
  • n. [lowercase] In anatomy:
  • n. A foramen.
  • n. The vulva.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an evergreen tree of the family Ulmaceae that grows in tropical America and Africa and Asia

Etymologies

Ancient Greek τρῆμα (trêma, "hole"), from τετραίνω (tetraínō, "perforate"), used for the dots on dice, via Dutch trema and French tréma. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I always need something like a "smaller than" symbol or a "trema" symbol (double dot), so I alternate.

    Spanish Keyboard

  • For example, when you are in babel's dutch language mode you can write twee "en in which" is a trema, which is not equivalent to twee\ "en, which is then (actually always) specifically an umlaut.

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  • Probably because of that strange little trema (a French kind of umlaut or diaeresis) over the "e".

    Brooks Peters: Le Mot Juiced

  • Hallelujah for script that schizophrenically mixes upper and lower case, and for the two dot umlaut-like trema over the i, and the acute accent mark over the final e in the word naïveté, and for the proper use of the word capitol, which has but a single proper use.

    A paean to the inauguration: "Hallelujah... for being smart again. And sexy again. And optimistic again."

  • Similamente operando all 'artista ch' a l'abito dell 'arte e man che trema.

    The Complete Poems of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  • "'Io trema' (I replied out of the same opera) -- 'Io trema -- di te!'"

    Pelham — Volume 04

  • My X-trema cookware pots -- my mom sent them to me for Christmas, and now I use them for everything; sautéing, baking, and boiling!

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • The difference is that a trema disappears when the word is hyphenated at that specific letter, while an umlaut would stay.

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  • The closest relative to this film would be the media-excavations of fellow Italians Quando l'occhio trema [When the eye trembles] is an explicit homage to Un Chien Andalou, but while that earlier film trades in nightmare logic and gender anxiety,

    GreenCine Daily

  • Copy from there, and what is pasted (on my machine) is a simple a without trema / umlaut.

    Discussions: Message List - root

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  • in SBC, it means "stage fright", presumably from the root meaning whence the Italian also comes.
    you are probably having an, "oh, Wordnet!" moment there

    April 26, 2010

  • Two of the citations illustrate the meaning of "trema" as a diacritical mark; the others are all examples of the Italian word "trema" (= "trembles"); and none of them refers to the botanical meaning which is the only one given here!

    April 26, 2010