ace·​quia | \ ə-ˈsā-kē-ə How to pronounce acequia (audio) , ä- \

Definition of acequia

: an irrigation ditch or canal

Examples of acequia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "$825,000 Homes in New Jersey, New Mexico and Wyoming," 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,, "San Antonio readies project to spruce up San Pedro Park," 8 Dec. 2019 Also included are repairs to walls of an 1870s acequia; two monument signs; lighting and parking upgrades; and the addition of more than 200 trees. Scott Huddleston,, "San Antonio readies project to spruce up San Pedro Park," 8 Dec. 2019 Though the acequia has long been unused, a pathway of rocks was embedded in the new building to outline its route, starting near a 300-year-old tree that officials preserved during construction. Brooke Lamantia,, "Alamo Colleges staff settles into new $55 million headquarters," 10 July 2019 Sculley and Treviño counter that the historic interpretation of the Alamo footprint, including lowering the surface by 16 inches and replication of an old acequia, would preclude vehicle access on Alamo Street. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, "Officials try to avoid battle over Alamo plan," 8 July 2018 The first segment includes five bioswales, a waterfall, an acequia and six trash collector systems to help oxygenate the water and filter out debris and pollutants. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, "Historic San Pedro Creek: a drainage ditch becomes a culture park," 5 May 2018 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

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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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“Acequia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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