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[nawr-ee-uh, nohr-] /ˈnɔr i ə, ˈnoʊr-/
a device consisting of a series of buckets on a wheel, used in Spain and the East for raising water.
Origin of noria
1785-95; < Spanish < Arabic nāʿūra Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Here the traveller from the north first sees the noria or Moorish water-wheel at work.

    Spain Wentworth Webster
  • I offer him a double price for the fine fighting cock he has brought from noria, but this he will not give up.

    On the Mexican Highlands William Seymour Edwards
  • Our first work on reaching the island was to erect a water wheel, or “noria,” as it was called in the book, in front of the camp.

    The Scientific American Boy

    A. Russell (Alexander Russell) Bond
  • The noria, a chain of pots, and the screw of Archimedes were other forms of ancient pumps.

    Inventions in the Century William Henry Doolittle
British Dictionary definitions for noria


a water wheel with buckets attached to its rim for raising water from a stream into irrigation canals: common in Spain and the Orient
Word Origin
C18: via Spanish from Arabic nā`ūra, from na`ara to creak
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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