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irrigation

[ir-i-gey-shuh n] /ˌɪr ɪˈgeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the artificial application of water to land to assist in the production of crops.
2.
Medicine/Medical. the flushing or washing out of anything with water or other liquid.
3.
the state of being irrigated.
Origin of irrigation
1605-1615
First recorded in 1605-15, irrigation is from the Latin word irrigātiōn- (stem of irrigātiō). See irrigate, -ion
Related forms
irrigational, adjective
nonirrigation, noun
overirrigation, noun
preirrigation, noun
preirrigational, adjective
proirrigation, adjective
reirrigation, noun
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Word Origin and History for over-irrigation

irrigation

n.

"a supplying of water to land," 1610s, from Latin irrigationem (nominative irrigatio) "a watering," noun of action from past participle stem of irrigare (see irrigate).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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over-irrigation in Culture

irrigation definition


Artificial provision of water to sustain growing plants.

Note: Irrigation accounts for the greatest part of water usage in the western United States.
The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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