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acequia

[uh-sey-kyuh; Spanish ah-se-kyah]
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noun, plural a·ce·quias [uh-sey-kyuh z; Spanish ah-se-kyahs] /əˈseɪ kyəz; Spanish ɑˈsɛ kyɑs/. Southwestern U.S.
  1. an irrigation ditch.

Origin of acequia

1835–45, Americanism; < Spanish < Arabic al-sāqiyah the irrigation ditch
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Historical Examples

  • I shall walk up the acequia to the rock I am going to blast.

    Lone Pine

    R. B. (Richard Baxter) Townshend

  • But when it reaches the end of the acequia, it is lost between the trench and the field to which they would conduct it.

  • They are watered by an acequia that brings water from Sun River several miles above the post.

  • Then came the sidewalk, and the acequia (ditch), then a row of young cottonwood trees, then the parade ground.

    Vanished Arizona

    Martha Summerhayes

  • Circling the camp at wide distance, he had crossed the acequia and reached the Gila road.

    A Wounded Name

    Charles King