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[ahr-tee-zhuh n] /ɑrˈti ʒən/
noting, pertaining to, or characteristic of an artesian well.
Origin of artesian
1820-30; < French artésien pertaining to Artois (Old French Arteis Artois + -ien -ian), after the wells of this kind in the region
Related forms
subartesian, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • What power had drawn up the rosy fluid from the artesian well of her heart?

    Ernest Linwood Caroline Lee Hentz
  • It has been supposed also that the pressures are partly those of artesian flows.

  • It is in this way that what are called artesian wells are formed.

    Farm drainage Henry Flagg French
  • Well, I think you will have to fall back on the opening of the artesian well.

    Messengers of Evil Pierre Souvestre
  • With some hesitation she at last alluded to the accident to the artesian well.

  • James located the first artesian well which was bored in Chicago.

  • There is an artesian well at the back, but the water must be boiled and filtered.

    Diplomatic Days Edith O'Shaughnessy
  • We may now inquire as to the necessary conditions for artesian wells.

    Geology William J. Miller
  • That of the valleys of Erosion, by natural or artificial artesian wells.

    The Desert World Arthur Mangin
  • This is in remembrance of an artesian well which was sunk there.

Word Origin and History for artesian

1830, from French puits artésien "wells of Artois," French province where such wells were first bored 18c. by French engineer Bernard Forest de Bélidor (1698-1761). The place name is from Old French Arteis, from Atrebates, a tribe that lived in northwestern Gallia. Cf. Arras.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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