artesian

adjective

ar·​te·​sian
(ˈ)är-¦tē-zhən
: involving, relating to, or supplied by the upward movement of water under hydrostatic pressure in rocks or unconsolidated material beneath the earth's surface
artesian spring
artesian water
artesian pressure
distinguished from subartesian

Word History

Etymology

French artésien, literally, of Artois, from Old French, from Arteis Artois, region of northern France + Old French -ien -ian; from the wells of this type bored in Artois in the 18th century

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“Artesian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/artesian. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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