ace·​quia ə-ˈsā-kē-ə How to pronounce acequia (audio)
Southwestern US
: an irrigation ditch or canal

Examples of acequia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the biggest challenge to saving acequias may be preserving the age-old knowledge behind their existence. Constant Méheut, New York Times, 19 July 2023 With them, the melt is diverted to multiple acequias winding through the hills. Constant Méheut, New York Times, 19 July 2023 Hundreds of small fish swim in the acequia, the irrigation canal. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, 28 Dec. 2022 Human artifacts dating more than 10,000 years have been found at Brackenridge, and an acequia was built there in the 1720s to irrigate crops at the Mission San Antonio de Valero. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, 4 Nov. 2021 In a good year, his acequia can water homes from spring through mid-October. Henry Gass, The Christian Science Monitor, 27 Sep. 2021 Even then, the acequia reflected the blending of cultural traditions. New York Times, 13 July 2021 Outdoor space: The property has water rights to the acequia, or community watercourse, that runs through it, supporting a lush collection of fruit trees and shrubs and a vegetable garden. Julie Lasky, New York Times, 6 May 2020 Because of the park’s historical uses, including an earlier 1700s acequia, archaeological studies will have to be done before trees are planted. Scott Huddleston,, 8 Dec. 2019

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Word History


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"

First Known Use

1811, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of acequia was in 1811

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“Acequia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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