ace·​quia | \ə-ˈsā-kē-ə, ä-\

Definition of acequia 


: an irrigation ditch or canal

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By the 1770s, the village was thriving, with a church, markets, ranches and farm fields irrigated by acequias that carried water from the creek and the river. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio’s ‘birthday week’ begins Tuesday," 30 Apr. 2018 Seeking to enhance the supply within the walls, a small expedition exited the fortress, intent upon drawing water from one of the acequias and perhaps gathering some wood for the fires needed to fight the bitter weather. Robert Kolarik, San Antonio Express-News, "Alamo defenders lacking water," 23 Feb. 2018 The town had previously suffered from typhoid, malaria and cholera outbreaks while using the river and acequias, dating to the 1700s, for water. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, "Historic Pump House in Brackenridge Park to be restored," 22 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of acequia

1811, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for acequia

borrowed from Spanish, borrowed from Arabic al-sāqiya, from al, definite article (here as- by assimilation to the following s) + sāqiya "irrigation ditch," from feminine active participle of saqā "to give to drink, irrigate"

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