picotah

noun
pi·​co·​tah
variants: or picottah or piccotah \ pə̇ˈkōtə , -​kätə \
plural -s

Definition of picotah

: a counterpoised sweep used in India for raising water from wells

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History and Etymology for picotah

Portuguese picota, literally, post, pillory, from pico point, peak, from picar to prick, pierce, from (assumed) Vulgar Latin piccare

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“Picotah.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/picotah. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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